During our recent visit to my hubbys home town of Dikili we spent a lot of time at the beach and walking along the seafront. Dikili boasts the second longest beach in Turkey which is 40 km long and is named as a blue flag beach.
In the summer when we visited I had a little bit of issue with the blue flag rating, yes the beach is long and reasonably clean, but the sea wasn’t as clear as what maybe I thought it should be, to be a blue flag beach.
But during our winter visit I found out that the sea is very clean and clear. In the summer months there is a summer wind and I have been told a different tide which makes the sea rougher and brings in a lot of seaweed and churns up the sea making it look a bit dirty.
During the winter it is clear like the sea has opened her curtains for all to see in. I am not a keen sea swimmer or snorkeler so I was pleasantly surprised with what I could see.
Walking along the seafront I spied lovely starfish on one day I counted 10 in one small area.
Sea anemones were everywhere clinging to the rocks and swaying in the current.
I also seen various crabs crawling around the sea bottom, these didn’t picture so well as they are well camouflaged. You will also find octopus in and around the rocks and further out to sea but I wasn’t lucky enough spy any. Though my nephew who makes a living diving for them in the summer tells me there are plenty around.
Many schools of fish swimming around, from tiny to large sized.
I am not sure the name of these crustaceans maybe someone can help me, but there were plenty of these around. Normally I only see these once they have been eaten or left their shells behind.
I was quite amazed at what I could see from the shore and enjoyed my little insight into the beauty of the sea. There are many more amazing creatures swimming and living around the shores of Dikili including I am told out in depths some types of sharks but sadly the only proof of this was the small sharks caught and put on display in the Market, I seen 3 of these on separate stalls. I love the fish in Dikili as most of it is caught in and around the area and is about as fresh as you can get.
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