There are great historical and ecological riches under water along the 640 kilometers long coasts of Antalya. Many colorful fish and marine products such as lapin, parrot, day, cardinal, golden gobi, pipeworm and sea rabbit species, starfish, sea goblet, jellyfish, sea horse and princess horse, hermit crab, ‘Underwater Paradise Antalya’ book photographed for.
In Antalya, where millions of foreign and local tourists flock to its beaches every year, during the period of Governor Münir Karaloğlu, who is also a diving enthusiast, the underwater photography director Tahsin Ceylan in cooperation with the Chamber of Shipping (DTO) Antalya Branch.Underwater Paradise Antalya‘The book and movie named’ was prepared. Underwater Paradise Antalya film at Paf Tachov Film Festival in Czechia First prize in the professional category won.
ALTERNATIVE TYPE OF TOURISM
One of the alternative tourism types in Antalya, which has both historical wrecks and great biological richness under water, stands out as diving tourism. There are around 48 commercial diving schools and centers in the coastal districts and dozens of diving points in the city. Governor Münir Karaloğlu, who pioneered the underwater book and movie, also dived in Alanya, Kaş and Kekova in order to draw attention to diving tourism.
COLORFUL AND INTERESTING SPECIES
In Antalya, where close to 350 thousand dives took place in 2019, the figure fell by 60 percent in 2020 due to the pandemic. In 2021, numbers close to 2019 are targeted. Except for diving and underwater enthusiasts, underwater cinematographer Tahsin Ceylan photographed fish and marine species of interesting colors and shapes, which even a significant portion of the population of Antalya does not know.
There are many hidden and colorful beauties in the Mediterranean. Among the fish with magnificent colors and interesting images, there are many fish such as lapin, parrot, day, grouper, soldier, cardinal, golden gobi, moray, black-head, bream, kitty, cornet, cross, razor, and cutters.
There are many colorful and interesting types such as black screw, squid, pipeworm and sea rabbit species, octopus, starfish, sea goblet, jellyfish, seahorse and princess horse, monk crab, red seaweed, hard coral, algae animal, mollusk, sea cucumber. marine species. say it
6 THOUSAND COASTAL SPECIES IN TURKEY
requirements of the seas surrounding Turkey origin must geological and noted that ecologically have different characteristics Ceylan, “these waters 5 thousand invertebrates surrounding our country, around 500 fish and it is stated that around 400 species of algae live. relatively Besides these obvious lively group a small number of species showing the distribution of our coastal sea turtles, seabirds and marine mammals as well (whales, dolphins, Mediterranean monk seals) are added to determine the type of shows that up to 6 thousand coasts of Turkey, “he said.
17 THOUSAND SPECIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Pointing out that it is an undeniable fact that the seas of our country are constantly getting poorer ecologically, Ceylan explained that there are around 17 thousand marine species in the Mediterranean and 1700 of them are endemic species. Ceylan said, “The number of endemic marine fish in our coasts is only around 70-80. From here, it is possible to easily understand how devoted we need to protect marine living resources,” he said.
CENTER OF ATTRACTION IN DIVING TOURISM
Pointing out that Antalya is one of the most important centers of the Mediterranean in terms of diving tourism, Ceylan said, “Almost all of its districts have commercial centers and schools for diving purposes. Diving infrastructure formations and tourism-oriented service provision have made the region an attraction center in 10 months of the year. diving lovers have the chance to meet blue waters. Water temperatures drop to 16 degrees Celsius, the lowest level in March-April. We took nearly 3 thousand photos for the underwater book we prepared and most of the diving points are in this book, “he said.
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In Antalya, Turkey’s most popular tourist diving pointed out that one of the centers DTO Antalya Branch President Ahmet Çetin, Kaş, Kemer, Side and Alanya noted that the leading diving centers. Stating that a record 350 thousand dives took place in 2019 in total, Çetin said, “Diving tourism in Antalya is very important, an alternative tourism area with high added value. Kaş comes first with 120,000 dives and Kemer with 110,000 dives. In 2020, 40 percent of 2019 occurred due to the pandemic. It is estimated that in 2021, very close figures will be reached, even if not as much as 2019, “he said.
UNDERWATER MUSEUMS AND PROMOTION SUPPORT
Explaining that they gave great financial support to the underwater museums in Side and Kemer as DTO Antalya Branch, Çetin explained that the underwater museum, which is under the presidency of the Kaş District Governorship, was also given great support and this museum will be completed in May. Stating that nearly 3.5 million people plan their holidays on diving tourism annually in Germany, Çetin said that they also financially support many projects such as books and films about diving tourism potential in order to develop diving tourism in Antalya.