The Ionian Sea covers a big area with many unique features, so that it is in total quite heterogeneous. The Adriatic Sea is relatively shallow, reaching no more than 40 metres depth, while the Ionian Sea (west side of the islands) is quite deep and includes the deepest point in the Mediterranean Sea (5.269m. in the open sea at the southwest of the Peloponnese). Due to the surrounding landscapes, the Ionian Sea is well oxygenated and is full of life.
In these waters live a great variety of fish, amphibians, small and large cetaceans, such as several species of whales and species of dolphins. Ironically, the so-called common dolphin has for many years now been an endangered species, with numbers in the Ionian Sea having seen a shocking reduction. Some other species’ populations are doing better, but still need protection. At the same time, the Ionian Sea is one of the best homes to caretta-caretta sea turtles and to monk seals (monachous monachous) in the whole Mediterranean Sea. Human activities have caused great declines in the populations of many of these species over the last decades, but thankfully we have identified some impressive organisations working to improve the situation.
We want to contribute to restoring the balance to Ionian Sea, and ensure that nature and humans prosper and benefit from each other for many years to come.