Dangerous sea creatures

Rear Admiral Viktor Dygalo Ananiyovich — a man who was born by the sea, and then gave him most of his life. In 1944, eighteen-year-old boy, he participated in the fighting at the ships of the black sea fleet, in 1945 — the Victory Parade. Then there were twenty years of service on submarines, command of a division, composed tragically died in March 1968 at the Hawaiian Islands missile submarine K-129.

Experienced sailor extensively in the seas and oceans, visited ports in Indonesia, Malaysia, Africa and Europe, twice crossed the equator. He watched not only marine animals in the open ocean, but in the gigantic aquariums in Singapore and Suez.

Knowledge of the underwater world and the impressions reflected in the article about those ocean creatures that should be feared.

Candidate of naval Sciences, Professor V. DYGALO.

When people talk about the dangers hidden in the ocean, people think of sharks. The mere mention of them evokes fear, before my eyes immediately gets the image of a giant shark from the famous American movie “Jaws” filmed in the early 1970s, based on the novel by Peter Benchley.

Actually shark, includedirectory species, and a total of more than 250, do not attack people. Just behave and other toothy predators of the sea-giants. But we are not talking about them. Continue reading

Dangerous inhabitants of the Black sea

Annually blessed “Tavrida shores” for hundreds of thousands of tourists who are absorbed in only one purpose: to quickly plunge in the gentle waves of the Black sea or to throw the bait into its depths. But, unfortunately, not all coming to rest know that careless bather can lie in wait for troubles associated not only with threat of storm waves, submerged rocks and currents, great depths, but also with some representatives of marine fauna, which may cause harm to the health.

What you need to know about the dangerous inhabitants of the black sea depths?

One of the potentially dangerous creatures can bite on your hook just a few metres from the shore. If you get out of the water wicked-looking brownish fish with a length of 10-20 cm, whose head with big bleary eyes covered with spikes and spines, and spotted the back is crowned with the same barbed fin, know that it is a marine fish or the Scorpion ( Scorpaena porcus ) . He lives usually on rocky ground, clogging under large rocks and in crevices of rocks, where waiting for prey – smaller fish. Pick up ruff unsafe, because the dorsal and Gill spines its poisonous, prick them brings about a short-term, but rather pain, dizziness, and weakness. Therefore, to remove ruff with Kruchinina very carefully, and when you cook it from your ear (and it turns out excellent!), you must remove all the thorns.

Sometimes desert shallow water with a sandy bottom can be found big (half a meter) fish, which has a flattened, diamond shaped body, ending with a long, thin tail. This Stingray or the marine cat ( Dasyatis pastinaca) . At the end of his tail is white bone spike with a lot of small poisonous chipping. If you accidentally step in the water the peacefully lying on the sand of the ramp, then he can hit the hapless swimmer in the leg with his spike and cause ragged, painful, and long healing wounds. Continue reading

The Sevastopol marine Aquarium-Museum

The Sevastopol marine Aquarium-Museum is one of the oldest public aquariums in Europe, justly ranks among the most popular attractions of Crimea. Created during the times of the Russian Empire (1897), became the first Museum of its kind in the state. The Aquarium is based at the Sevastopol biological station (SBS) is the oldest in Russia and one of the 5 most “adults” in the world. Under one roof, the Museum staff has gathered an impressive collection of marine, oceanic, riverine, terrestrial flora and fauna from all corners of the Earth.


Location: Sevastopol, Nakhimov Prospekt, 2

When built: 1897

Opening hours: summer (mid July – end August) from 9 to 19 hours without breaks and days off, winter (November – March) – 10-17 h. closed on Monday, the offseason is 10-18 hours during school holidays the Museum welcomes guests without weekend

Ticket price: adult – 400 p kids – pension 200 p – 200 p. children under 6 years – free admission

The creation of the Museum in the Crimea

The idea of establishing a large-scale aquarium filed the first SBS Director – academician A. O. Kovalevsky. For the construction of the station selected the picturesque coast of the Sevastopol Bay, the site of the former Nikolaev battery. In the SBS building for the Museum was equipped with only one room-the family SALs wall aquariums, and Central swimming pool, where he exhibited the ichthyofauna of the Black sea. Wish could go 3 days a week to visit the aquarium. Scientists of the station held meetings, gave lectures to tourists. Continue reading

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