Diving in Mare Nostrum III
Part 1. Scuba diving in Mare Nostrum with Evangelos Demestichas
a pictoral article by Andreas I. Iliopoulos
(photos: MCH/ Evangelos Demestichas and Andreas I. Iliopoulos)
The spectacle of Our Sea!
So, we are back here. The same sea, the same pulses. Mare Nostrum. The basin that snuggles both the north African and the south European countries, the Balkan peninsula and the western part of Asia as well. The Sea in which civilization was born and religions and cultures were mixed to create a fine mosaic.
Our Sea, indeed!
The sea has preserved these amphorae for about two thousand years, to serve as a refugee for urchins, Mediterranean damsels and wrasses. Note The Thalassoma pavo and the Chromis chromis near the right amphora
I am in the pleasant position to introduce a fine man to you, an exceptional diver and an underwater photography hobbyist . The name of the man is Evangelos Demestichas, Vangelis for his friends.
This is Vangelis. A happy person and a careful diver
Vangelis was born in Patras in 1957, but he lives in Syros since 1970. My pleasure is double, since we both come from the same maritime town and we also share the same love about water and its creatures.
Vangelis is an attorney and a professor of nautical law at the School of Midshipmen of Hermoupolis. His love for the sea was the driving force which got him seriously involved with diving on 1998. His persistence and thoroughness turned him to go deeper and deeper into the knowledge of scuba diving thus managing to expand his skills, finally becoming a scuba instructor. He is also a mixed gases scuba diver and he has performed about seven hundred (700) dives up to now.
Two photos with his scuba diving students. Bottom photo: The teacher in the middle of his class
He is also collaborating with the Nautical Ecological and Cultural Association of Kini Bay (N.E.C.A.K. for short) and has organized several scuba diving classes. His students are “plowing” the local waters for fun and a lot of them for taking underwater photos. They also organize sea bed cleanings (from plastic and similar litter), photographic exhibitions in summer months at N.E.C.A.K.’s headquarters and they also inform tourists and locals.
To make a long story short, they try to have a great time in the sea and they try to preserve the marine environment at the same time.
Vangelis is a very busy man and I was after him for quite many months till I managed to arrange a meeting with him. He showed me some albums with part of his photos, his collection of minerals, we talked a lot about the sea and finally he let me choose some of his photos to present to the MCH visitors.
One of the great interests of Vangelis is shooting sea stars and here are some of them. Most of them belong to yet unidentified species, but I hope that the qualified MCH friends, will help on this issue.
But let us stop talking, let us prepare ourselves, while the teacher will make the last checks on the diving gear and give the last directions to his students and co-divers …
Last preparations and checks
… and take our dive with Vangelis, who will show us some spectacular sea stars …
Continued in next page