Sv. Marina – 26.5.2024

I can’t believe I was nearing 1 year since my last visit to Sv. Marina, Croatia. This weekend we got a chance to go to Lina wreck again and it was an opportunity that I simply couldn’t miss.

The weather was nice and the water is slowly but surely warming up even at depth. A “quick” 1-hour ride with a boat and we were ready to jump into the water.

I didn’t take any pictures of the wreck itself as I am not equipped for such photography. The visibility was quite good and it was certainly an awesome dive. With Lina, you have a chance for a few swim-throughs. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any lobsters or conger eels this time but there were plenty of animals around the wreck itself and on the wall nearby where we did our safety stop.

The second dive was done at the house reef. The visibility was not as good as on the wreck but it was still a nice dive overall.


This one was a nice sight. A flatworm Yungia aurantiaca. I only saw it once previously. It was about 6 cm long so around the middle of what they can grow to.

Yungia aurantiaca

Next some fish. There are some species that you can easily photograph as they tend to stay still.

In the following order: brown comber (Serranus hepatus), golden goby (Gobius auratus), and small red scorpionfish (Scorpaena notata). I found the scorpionfish interesting due to the location it chose to rest.

Serranus hepatus Gobius auratus Scorpaena notata

There were countless Thuridilla hopei of all sizes. So I got quite a few good pictures of them. It was common to see two or even more of them grouped.

Thuridilla hopei Thuridilla hopei Thuridilla hopei

Flabellina affinis and similar species were also not missing. Although I only found them at depth this time, so I didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures.

Flabellina affinis

Dicata odhneri was the one that excited me the most as I saw it for the first time. I still don’t know how I managed to see it from a few meters away. They grow up to 13 mm and this one was just about that size (10 – 13 mm). Luckily I found it in the shallows when I was almost at safety stop depth so I had plenty of time and took quite a few pictures.

Dicata odhneri Dicata odhneri


We had a couple of very nice dives with plenty to see. And this time I got lucky again and saw a nudibranch species for the first time. Overall a great day.