Welcome to our underwater world, where every dive tells a story of exploration and discovery. This week, we had the pleasure of hosting 18 divers from Warwick University for an unforgettable experience diving the famous MS Zenobia wreck in Larnaca, Cyprus.

As our group descended beneath the waves off the coast of Larnaca, Cyprus, anticipation hung in the salty air. The MS Zenobia, a colossal cargo ferry that met its watery fate in 1980, awaited us below. Stepping into the water, we were greeted by the ghostly silhouette of the sunken vessel. Navigating through the labyrinthine corridors of the Zenobia, we were transported back in time to the tragic event that led to its sinking. Rusting machinery and remnants of cargo whispered tales of the ship’s final voyage, providing a haunting backdrop to our underwater exploration.

Amidst the rusted remnants of the Zenobia, another spectacle awaited us. Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita), with their ethereal translucent bells, danced in the currents around us, adding an otherworldly charm to our dive. These mesmerizing creatures, thriving amidst the wreckage, captured our attention and admiration, showcasing the diversity of marine life in this underwater ecosystem.

A Closer Look at Moon Jellyfish:

Moon jellyfish, named for their translucent, moon-like appearance, are a common sight in oceans worldwide, including the waters surrounding Cyprus. Despite their delicate appearance, they are formidable predators, capturing prey with their stinging tentacles and consuming them with their fringed oral arms. While their sting is generally harmless to humans, it serves as a defense mechanism against potential threats. These delicate creatures play a vital role in the ocean’s ecosystem, serving as both predator and prey. Their presence served as a poignant reminder of the interconnectedness of all life beneath the waves, highlighting the importance of conservation efforts to protect our underwater world.

As we bid farewell to the MS Zenobia and our time with the divers from Warwick University, we carry with us a newfound appreciation for the beauty and fragility of our underwater world. May our adventures inspire others to take the plunge and discover the magic that lies beneath the surface while diving in Cyprus. Until next time!