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Conger eel

Swimming, Snorkeling and Diving to See and Watch the Conger eel

The Conger eel is has a very long body, it can reach 2 meters! Its skin is grey to black and its belly white. The conger eel lives along the coastline, in rocks, wrecks, and under overhangs. It likes to hide in cavities. It can be observed swimming in open water. Conger eels are very strong and can remain half-submerged at low tide waiting for the tide to come back in. If fed by divers, it can become curious and come after more food. It then bites thinking that it has grabbed a small piece of food. Its bite is not too serious, but it can cause infections due to the rotting food stuck between its teeth. Its main predators are men and seals.

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Conger conger
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Congre, Anguille de mer, Conger eel

Food

At night the Conger eel ventures out of the burrow to hunt fish, mollusks, cuttlefish, octopuses, and crustaceans. Its jaw is very powerful. It is a carnivorous fish. It enables him to crush the shell of crustaceans. It tears off tentacles by grabbing it and spinning on itself.

Breeding

The Conger eel reaches sexual maturity around the age of 5. It breeds during the summer, in open water and very deep. The conger eel mates only once in its life, and dies immediately after. The female lays several million eggs that are fertilized and then become larvae. They drift like plankton for two years. The larvae fall to the seafloor near the coastline and then adult life begins. A conger eel can reach a weight of 40 kg in five years.


Dive centers

 

Dune Marseille
France  - Marseille
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The diving school Dune Marseille, open all year round, is located in the port of Pointe Rouge, in Marseille. Find Dune Marseille just after the yacht club, a 5-minute walk from a small beach lined with bars and nice restaurants. From November to March, the center welcomes groups only. From March to November, the diving departures take place at 9:15 am and 1:15 pm. The whole range of FFESSM and PADI training courses are offered, from beginners to level 3. Dune Marseille's strengths lie in its comfortable facilities with, on-site, a store, a relaxation area to consult diving books, separate men's and women's changing rooms, indoor and outdoor hot showers, a nice rinsing area, and a large room for courses and seminars equipped with a video projector. Wi-Fi access is free and many full amenities are available for rent. Nearby, there is free parking and a boat landing that shuttles guests between Pointe Rouge and the Old Port, a 20-minute sail from the Calanques National Park. Dune Marseille's two semi-rigid boats, specially equipped for snorkeling, freediving, and diving, are equipped with benches and ensure safe sea outings. The number of divers has limited onboard the boats. Hot or cold drinks are served on board depending on the season. Meet on the large shaded terrace outside to chat after the dive or to eat. Lunch can be delivered upon reservation. [+]

  • Near Downtown area
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Located close to the dive sites
From 25,00 €

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Subnauta
Portugal  - Portimão
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Subnauta is located in the Algarve, in Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Portugal, 500 metres from the marina, where the boats are moored. Transport between the centre and the marina is provided by three 6-passenger electric shuttles. The infrastructure consists of a reception, training rooms, an inflation station, a workshop, a room for rinsing, drying and storing equipment, and changing rooms. SSI training courses from beginner to the instructor are offered, with special emphasis on wreck diving, marine biology and archaeology. The two RIB boats XôStress and XeGuedive depart from Wednesday to Sunday in winter and daily in summer. The appointment is at 8 am at the centre to get kitted out. In the morning, plan two dives on two different sites with a return to the marina from 12:30. Night dives can be arranged on request. The cabin cruiser XuNauta is designed for mini cruises of 1 to 3 days. Each dive includes a 3-litre bail-out of air at 200 bar for dives below 18 metres, a diving drysuit, gloves, boots from Aqualung, Seaquest and Technisub with Suunto computers, a snack and water during the surface interval. Reserve soda lime in advance and bring your rebreather! The technical dive is organised on request, with a minimum of 4 participants. The price of the dive is the same as for regular dives, then you add the amount of gas used, the number of tanks and the distance travelled to the dive site. Rental of skippered boats, diving equipment, Fuji Film F35 or GoPro cameras are available. The maintenance of your diving equipment is provided upon prior estimate. [+]

  • Open year-round
  • Wrecks
  • Welcome groups
From 55,00 €

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ZOEA Mallorca
Balearic Islands  - Santa Ponsa
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ZOEA Mallorca is located in the private marina Santa Ponsa, in the south of Majorca. Open from 9 am every day from April to October, ZOEA Mallorca only operates on weekends and public holidays the rest of the year. Board the boat at 9.30 am for two 45-minute dives, returning at around 1.30 pm in summer and 11.30 am in winter with a single dive. On-site, a shop, and a workshop allow the maintenance, rental, and sale of new or second-hand diving equipment. There are also two classrooms, changing rooms with hot showers, lockers for personal belongings, freshwater rinsing basins for equipment which can then be dried automatically on clothes racks. Possibility to store your personal equipment. Sixty pieces of equipment available for hire include 5 and 7-liter cylinders for children as well as 10, 12, 15, and 18-liter blocks for adults with single or double outlet valves, for DIN and International regulators. The ZOEA Mallorca training center, certified by the PADI CDC Center, offers PADI courses from the beginner level with the Scuba Diver to the instructor level. After completing the paperwork and preparing your equipment, board one of the RIB boats, Belone, Puntazzo or Conger, located right in front of the premises, specially equipped for diving with benches and bottle racks. Set up your equipment under the benches. The large rear platform is dedicated to launching, and you climb up the ladder with your equipment. The propeller is protected to avoid accidents. There is a terrace where you can meet after the dive for a beer. You can also go on snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddle excursions to discover the coast from the sea. Transfers are free of charge from the hotels in Calvia. [+]

  • fast boat
  • Diving around Islands
  • Protected Marine Park
From 31,00 €

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Season Challenge Azores Islands
Azores  - Ponta Delgada
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Season Challenge Azores Islands Diving Center is located on the marina Pêro de Teive, in Ponta Delgada. Vans with 6 seats are used to transport equipment and clients to their hotels, free of charge. Open all year round from 8 am to 8 pm, the centre has to change rooms with toilets and hot showers. Free tea, coffee, and water are available. See you at the booking office for land and sea activities. A PureAir certified inflation station by Bauer allows the inflation of nitrox and trimix blocks. The rental equipment is from Cressi. Embark for two dives per day, aboard two RIBs of 6 and 14 divers, each equipped with GPS, sonar, VHF, and radar. The 10-meter Challenge, with a capacity of 14 divers, is well prepared for long trips and offshore dives. The Season, 6.25 meters long, with a capacity of 6 divers, is used for small groups and coastal dives. The equipment is carried by the center. If the number of participants is sufficient, day trips are offered with lunch on board. These offshore dives, far from the coast, allow you to observe manta rays in the open sea. Accompanying persons are welcome on board if there is room. PADI courses are offered from beginner to Divemaster level as well as technical diving courses. Take the opportunity to visit Ponta Delgada and its cultural sites, hikes for all levels of difficulty with a guide, and the tour of the island by van to the village and lake of Furnas with Season Challenge Azores Islands Diving Center. [+]

  • fast boat
  • Free hotels transfer
  • PADI Training
From 45,00 €

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Espace Mer
France  - Hyères
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The Espace Mer diving center is located in Hyères, at the Tour Fondue, on the Giens peninsula, opposite the island of Porquerolles. The Espace Mer diving school offers PADI and FFESSM training courses, from initiation to instructor. Espace Mer organizes freediving courses at sea, from April to November, around the islands of Hyères. You will learn techniques to improve your freediving performance in a variety of environments such as cave and tunnel diving and wreck exploration. Come aboard Espace Mer's boats, whatever your level, either as a group or individually, to visit the most beautiful wrecks in the Mediterranean, the islands of Hyères, and the Port-Cros National Park. There are many activities available for non-divers. Take a day trip to the Golden Islands onboard the Brigantin, a traditional sailing boat. Jump into the water with fins, mask, and snorkel for snorkeling trips. Take the opportunity to discover the Mediterranean fauna. Kayak along the Tour Fondue coast and around the Petit and Grand Ribaud islands, opposite Porquerolles Island. The best thing to do is to go on the boat Mousquemer to have beautiful encounters with dolphins and whales. At sunrise, after a quick 30-minute sail, the boat is positioned above an underwater pit. With binoculars in hand, you can observe blue and white dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, sperm whales, and fin whales, depending on the currents, the weather, and the season. Sometimes turtles come to the surface to breathe. Thanks to Espace Mer, benefit from a personalized service to get to the islands of Porquerolles, Port Cros, and Le Levant on board a private taxi boat. Oh yes, please note that Espace Mer also provides logistics for film shoots and filming. [+]

  • Located close to the dive sites
  • Dolphin watching
  • Nautical activities
From 31,00 €

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Where to see, swim, and dive with Conger eel ?

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