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Cretan sea

Cretan sea

The Cretan Sea is an integral part of the Mediterranean Sea. It separates the islands of the Cyclades with the island of Crete. The map of the Cretan Sea shows that its northern part is adjacent to the Aegean Sea. Many experts believe that the Cretan Sea is part of the Aegean. The Cretan Sea was formed about three million years ago after the land was submerged in water. The hills of this area are the islands of the Cretan Sea. The largest island is Crete. It is located between the Cretan and Libyan seas.

Flora and fauna

The nature of the Cretan Sea is represented by a variety of animal and plant species. In terms of salinity and temperature, the sea water of this reservoir is favorable for many representatives of flora and fauna. The Cretan Sea is part of the ecosystem of the Mediterranean Basin. The coastal areas are characterized by varied landscapes. There are rocky shores, fertile plains, sandy beaches, citrus groves, vineyards. Among the representatives of the marine fauna can be distinguished menola, sea bass, red pagel, moray eel, octopus, sea urchin, etc. There are also whales, sharks and dolphins.

Climatic conditions

The Mediterranean climate prevails in the sea area. It is considered the healthiest in Europe. The swimming season lasts from the beginning of April to November on the coast of the Cretan Sea. The water warms up to +25 degrees and above. In winter, the water drops to a temperature of +10 degrees (minimum). The average temperature is +15 degrees in winter. Even at depth, the average water temperature is +12 degrees.
The water is very warm even in autumn. In summer, its temperature is kept at an average level of +26 degrees. It stays warm until October, so in early autumn, the velvet season begins on the coast of the Cretan Sea..

Features of the Cretan Sea

This reservoir smoothly approaches the shores, so the entrance to the water there is gradual. Sea water is transparent. This allows you to observe the underwater life of the Cretan Sea. Resorts on the northern coast are in high demand among tourists. The reason for this popularity lies in the huge number of well-maintained beaches. Many beaches have «Blue flag of europe». The Cretan Sea has an unpredictable character. Sometimes there is complete calm for a long time. On summer days, the reservoir is exposed to winds from the north. High waves rise at sea, making swimming dangerous.

Photos of the Cretan Sea

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