The Mediterranean Damselfish (Chromis chromis) is the small black fish you'll see in large numbers anywhere around the Rhodes coastline.
One of the interesting things about this fish is it's unusual courtship behaviour. The males become territorial and occupy a nest, which isn't that unusual. They also make courtship noises, which is pretty rare in the fish world!
Saddled Sea Bream - (Oblada melanura) has a elipse shaped silver body and can be easily identified by the distinctive large black spot with a white outer just before it's tail.
It can grow to 34cm, but near the beach here you'll find much younger fish, typically 10-15cm in length.
The Salema Porgy (Sarpa Salpa) is a silver fish with irridescent yellow stripes. When you catch these whilst angling, DO NOT be tempted to cook and eat them.
In Roman times this fish was used as a hallucinagenic recreational drug, and even recently there have been cases where people have mistakenly eaten them, and suffered terrifying hallucinations for days!
The most brightly coloured of all the fish found here is the Ornate Wrasse. It likes to stay within reach of a rock, and recognised by it's bright blue, green and turquoise colours.
The perch like Painted Comber (Serranus scriba) has dark vertical stripes, and a distinctive pale patch on it's abdomen. Not as common as the fish listed above, you'll find this likes depths of 6 feet of more, and is usually solitary. This one can be cooked and eaten and is said to be tasty!
The Garfish (Belone belone) is also known is the Sea Needle. It's more common to see these is pairs early in the holiday season, although we have seen them here in August. Very long and thin, we've seen these over 2 feet long within 15 metres of Lee Beach.
The Common Two Banded Seabream (Diplodus vulgaris) is a common sight here. You'll find the further out you swim, the bigger these get. Expect to see up to 4 inches near the shore, but when the water is clear, if you swim out to 3 times your height, you may see larger specimins grazing along the bottom.
If you want ssee a good mix of fish, when you go snorkelling take a couple of slices of bread. Break in pieces and splash it into the water. Wait a minute and the water will be busy.......