365 Tage kein anderes Ziel als – die Welt.

365 Tage kein anderes Ziel als – die Welt.Mit den einfachsten Mitteln begebe ich mich für ein Jahr auf eine offene Reise, um jede Woche einen Film zu machen. Jeden Morgen wache ich auf, ohne zu wissen, was passieren wird oder wofür ich mich entscheiden werde: Bleiben oder weiterziehen? Wohin und wie? Wo übernachten?

Jede Woche zeige ich euch einen kurzen Film von unterwegs, Ausschnitte von meinen Erlebnissen und vom Leben im Anderswo.

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A travel manual to Catania, Sicily, Italy

At the foot of Mount Etna - Catania

A travel manual to Catania, Sicily, Italy

Holidays in Sicily will provide you with a opportunity to like amazing scenery and complete bliss when you are wanting for a destination to shell out your annual family trip. Sicily holidays is superb for travelers who prefer to benefit from relaxing holidays though staying at among the fabulous rentals.
Most families going to this spot of Italy has a preference for renting holiday villas and the self-catering apartments. Among the list of causes why Sicily is probably the most visited regions with tourists coming from worldwide is mainly because it’s the biggest island to be located in the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to that, a lot of smaller islands surrounding this area has been taken to become a significant aspect of Sicily, except for the Sardinia Island.
A lot of the elements to try and do on Sicily tours include going to the Greek temples, exploring Old Palerma medieval jewels, climbing Mount Etna, dancing at Giardini Naxos, sampling neighborhood wines and enjoying sports and a range of other activities. The country side presents a large number of intriguing sports and games for travelers who are sports enthusiasts. Many of the sports that you can get pleasure from on Sicily holidays include things like water activities including scuba diving, windsurfing and fishing.
A further activity that travelers get pleasure from once they visit this island is hiking. You can get exceptional trails and courses that may make your hiking practical experience convenient and exciting. Through the winter months, tourists are also in a position to take pleasure in snowboarding and skiing activities. Some other activities contain mountain biking, bird watching, operating, camping, trekking and horse riding.
One of many other trendy items that travelers do on their pay a visit to to Sicily is in fact to sample wines from neighborhood vineyard. The flagship red grape on this island creates an exotic and spicy wine. Towns like Messina, Marsala, Ragusa and Noto are the important areas to generate wine.
If you want to go dancing, you’ll be able to unearth great nightlife locations to boost your holiday practical experience. Giardini Naxos beach resorts is usually a trendy spot for families because it gives a range of night discos, open-air bars and an excellent celebration atmosphere.
There’s also the solution of climbing towards the highest volcano that you will unearth in Europe, that’s Mount Etna. In case you are adventurous in addition to a real explorer, you may really like this activity in your holiday. You could possibly also attempt night climbing. But one more option to contemplate would be walking at Circumetnea Railroad which surrounds this active volcano.
These are just many of the elements that you can do on Sicily holidays. Just try to remember that you vacation will not be complete for those who don’t get a likelihood to investigate Palermo, that is the capital of Sicily. This city is filled with exclusive medieval buildings, shady squares, monuments and Baroque churches. You can even discover various ancient web-sites just like the Greek temples to discover.


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Book Review: Reef Fishes of Oman

Reef Fishes of Oman

Reef Fishes of Oman
by Richard Field, 2013, e-book.
99 pages, Eur 5.99

For marine-life lovers, the diving in Oman sounds irresistible, with huge schools of fish and as many as 1500 different species. This photographic identification guide doesn’t attempt to cover all 1500, but features 385 of those you are most likely to see.

The book starts with a description of the three seas bordering Oman: the Arabian Gulf to the North (known as the Persian Gulf in many countries), the Gulf of Oman to the East and the Arabian Sea to the south. I would have liked a map to be included to more easily visualise the area. The useful introduction tells you where you can see the highest diversity of fish, and recommends various diving areas. Some technical details follow on the naming and biology of fish. Then comes the meat of the book – the photos and descriptions of the fishes.

Thoughtfully written, the guide is very good at pointing out subtle differences between species which at first glance appear identical. It also adds habitat information. Where a juvenile fish looks different to the adult, the author includes a photo of the fish in its early and late stages. He takes great pains to get the juvenile shot, going so far as to rear an unidentified young fish in his aquarium so that he can observe its development, until it reaches a recognisable adult stage.

Two-tone
Chromis

When a fish is similar to its Red Sea counterpart, this is made clear. The Two-tone Chromis of Oman (Chromis fieldi), for example, is a different species to the Twotone Chromis of the Red Sea (C. dimidiata), but extremely similar in appearance. Indeed, the Omani species was only scientifically recognised this year (by Randall and diBattista). Was the fish named after the author, Richard Field?

The book is arranged, like others of the genre, into families of fishes: stingrays, moray eels (lots of them), groupers etc.

Yellowbar Angelfish I especially liked the sometimes quirky descriptions – the splodge of the Yellowbar angelfish resembles “a country map” and a parrotfish is “buck toothed”. I also love the fact that the author has included a species of Torpedo ray for which he has no name. Indeed he states that it might be as yet undescribed. And this isn’t the only one, there is also an as yet scientifically un-named stingray and moray eel pictured and commented upon.

The author not only provides unambiguous identification notes, but also very interesting comments on behaviour and lifestyle. The Rockmover Wrasse “searches for prey, usually in pairs, on sandy substrates, by pushing over rubble and debris to reveal the crabs and molluscs that they feed on. They are usually accompanied by opportunist goatfish. The young appear to imitate floating algae.

Some photos look a little murky, due apparently to the waters of southern Oman being very “green”, but they are clear enough for identification purposes. The majority of the photos are of the fish in their natural habitat, giving an accurate representation of what you might see.

 

Where reference books are concerned, I have always preferred a hard copy to a digitised version. This one, though, has removed many of my predjuces. You can download the pdf book to an iPad, iPhone, Laptop or Android. It is also readable on a Kindle. Additionally I tried it on a Blackberry playbook – but was unable to read it on that device.

Richard Field packs exactly what you need to know to identify a species into just a few entertaining sentences.

I can thoroughly recommend this book. I enjoyed the author’s style of writing and his keenly observed remarks. At less than 6 Euro I’d urge anyone visiting Oman to buy this book.

About the Author

Richard Field’s interest in marine life started when he worked for the Eastern Telegraph Company in Port Sudan in the 1960’s. He spent his leisure hours free diving and spear fishing. Inspired by Hans Hass’s book Under the Red Sea, Richard bought a camera for £10 and designed and built an underwater camera housing using surplus telegraphic equipment.

The author subsequently worked in Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. In 1998, together with his wife Mary, he wrote his first book Reef Fishes of the Red Sea. He is a regular contributor of photographs to Fish Base and to ARKive.

Reef Fishes of Oman is available for 5.99 Euro from Reef Fishes of Arabia. You must click the “Return to derenyimaria @ yahoo.co.uk” link to be directed to the download page.


Creature of the Month: Soft Coral, Dendronephthya hemprichi

“Like rich rosettes of royal velvet, they decorate the rusting iron, transforming the unromantic metal stanchions into pillars that would grace a palace”

Thus wrote Robert Gibbings on observing soft corals for the first time on his visit to Hurghada. His words are as true today as when he wrote them in 1938.

Soft
coral, Dendronephthya hemprichi

This gorgeous soft coral is Dendronephthya hemprichi, growing on the wreck of the Carnatic in the Red Sea. This species is a pioneer settler. It can clone small fragments of itself with root-like processes that quickly attach to artificial structures like wrecks. Especially vertical projecyions.

Pink Soft coral, Dendronephtya
hemprichi on the Numidia wreck

D. hemprichi on the Numidia wreck

As well as cloning itself, this soft coral reproduces sexually year round. They don’t have synchronised broadcast spawning episodes, as many other corals do. They also reproduce at a younger age than other corals. Spawning occurs after sunset and continues until 2 am.

Unusually, D. hemprichi doesn’t depend on symbiotic algae: it is azooxanthellate (asymbiotic). Instead it feeds almost exclusively on phytoplankton. Eight feathery tentacles surround the coral’s mouth and whip food into it. Relatively recent data on soft corals indicates that they feed on very small plankton such as single-celled algae, rather than larger particles as had previously been thought.

Yellow Soft coral, Dendronephtya
hemprichi

Close-up of soft coral with tentacles out

According to the Encyclopedia of Life, Dendronephthya are among the most commonly traded soft corals. Between 1988 and 2002 at least 12,618 were sold globally (the U.S. was the largest importer, with 51% of the total Dendronephthya trade). However, corals in this genus are poor choices for aquarium hobbyists. They generally die within a few weeks, mainly because they rely exclusively on filtering food from the water.

One of the Nephtheidae family, the soft coral takes in sea water to expand its body before feeding. This builds up a positive pressure inside the coral that supports the branches and trunk.

Red Soft coral on Daedelus Reef

Soft corals are not reef-building, although they do secrete limestone. In their case this is as internal crystals called sclerites or spicules. Because soft corals do not have large skeletons, they grow faster than hard corals

Soft coral on reef

You find Dendronephthya hemprichi in the Red Sea from around 11 to 32 m, standing out from walls and wrecks in currents.

Phylum: Cnidaria > Class: Anthozoa > Subclass: Octocorallia > Order: Alcyonacea

Further Reading
Blue Angels and Whales, by Robert Gibbings 1938
K Fabricus, Y Benayahu, A Genin, Herbivory in Asymbiotic Soft Corals. Science, April 1995, Volume 268
M Dahan, Y Benayahu. Clonal propagation by azooxanthellate octocoral Dendronephthya hemprichi. Coral Reefs (1997) 16:5-12
U. Oren, Y. Benayahu, Transplantation of juvenile corals: a new approach for enhancing colonization of artificial reefs. Marine Biology, February 1997, Volume 127, Issue 3, pp 499-505


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Hong Kong government removes shark fins from their table

The government of Hong Kong is issuing a shark fin and bluefin tuna ban for their official dining.

Biologists try anti-terror technology to spy on corals

Techniques that can pick a terrorist out of a crowd are being adapted for underwater images, producing data on reefs in record time. The computer correctly identified corals versus other materials like rock, sand or algae between 92 and 95 percent of the time, the researchers said. Within corals, it correctly assigned the coral’s genus — the biological classification level above species — 97 percent of the time.

Blobfish

Blobfish wins ugliest animal vote

The grumpy-looking, gelatinous blobfish has won a public vote to become the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.

Why are some corals flourishing in a time of global warming?

As hard corals decline, gorgonians seem to proliferate – at least in the Caribbean. New study to investigate how gorgonian numbers have changed and why.

Tropical storms stir up trouble for coral reefs

As if tropical storms didn’t get enough of a bad press, it now seems they can ramp up ocean acidification, putting the world’s coral reefs under even greater pressure.

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Wake up and smell the reef: Fish larvae sniff their way back home

Study shows that reef fish larvae can smell the presence of coral reefs from as far as several kilometers offshore, and use this odour to find home.

Deep-sea squid uses tentacles to attract prey

Mysterious cephalopod’s fragile arms lure its food close enough for killing.

Walking shark moves with ping-pong paddle fins

A new species of walking shark has been spotted hobbling along the ocean floor off the coast of Halmahera island in Indonesia.

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Calling British Divers: RNLI Diver Safety Survey needs You

Last year in the UK, divers reported 314 diving incidents. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) volunteer lifeboat crews have rescued 96 divers and saved 13 divers’ lives in the past five years. The RNLI are currently conducting a survey of divers based in Britain. They want to hear from divers of all levels of experience, even those who haven’t dived in the British Isles recently.

Manila Accuses China of Building on Disputed Reef

The Philippines says it has spotted dozens of concrete blocks it believes may be the beginning of a Chinese construction project on a disputed group of reefs in the South China Sea.

Ocean Advocates push for Bermuda Marine Reserve

“Blue Halo” plan would create a vast reserve in ecologically rich waters which would safeguard significant parts of the Sargasso Sea, a 2 million-square-mile body of warm water in the Atlantic that is a major habitat and nursery for numerous marine species.

Undersea mountains provide crucial piece in climate prediction puzzle

A mystery in the ocean near Antarctica has been solved by researchers who have long puzzled over how deep and mid-depth ocean waters are mixed. They found that sea water mixes dramatically as it rushes over undersea mountains in Drake Passage – the channel between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic continent. Mixing of water layers in the oceans is crucial in regulating the Earth’s climate and ocean currents. The research provides insight for climate models which until now have lacked the detailed information on ocean mixing needed to provide accurate long-term climate projections.


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What To Do If You Have 7 Days in Sicily

Castellammare del Golfo in Sicily

Planning a trip to Sicily is no easy task. And when you only have seven days to explore an entire region, choosing where to go and what to do is quite difficult. In Sicily you can find ruins, volcanoes, small coastal towns, boat rides, relaxing inns, amazing food and so much more. There’s no way you could fit everything in, no matter how quickly you move, so what do you choose? It’s a tough question to answer but for a trip around Sicily, which catches many of the major highlights, try a trip like this one.

Day One

You’ll start your journey in Catania, a city available by flight to Fontanarossa Airport or a train from Messina. Sicily’s second-largest city has a lot to offer so find a hotel based upon your budget. Plenty of low-cost options are available but if you’re splurging try a cozy bed and breakfast or a luxury hotel. A walking tour of the city is a must, taking you to see baroque architecture, Roman theaters and more history alongside the newer buildings. If you have time, a trip to the fish market is a must but above all make sure you take a stroll along Via Etnea, one of Italy’s most elegant boulevards. While you’re exploring the city make sure you sample the local treats – a brioche (a bun) available in many flavors and granita, a flavored ice which boasts a consistency similar to ice cream.

What To Do If You Have 7 Days in Sicily

Day Two

Start your second day with an adventure, exploring Mount Etna. It’s the highest volcano in Europe, coming in at 10,801 feet. You can reach the top craters from a few different access points, dependent upon your hiking ability. When you make your way up there you’re rewarded with breathtaking views farther than the eye can see. After trekking around Etna, clean up at your inn and then relax in Taormina. Always remember to plan some relaxing time into your itinerary or you’ll leave your “vacation” far more exhausted than you began. Taormina is a small, chic city with lots to see, eat and drink. If you’re ready to splurge, consider grabbing a drink at the Wunderbar, a bar facing the beautiful Bay of Naxos.

What To Do If You Have 7 Days in Sicily

Day Three

On day three, it’s time to head out of Catania and explore more of Sicily. Head down south to Siracusa, home to a lot of famous art and architecture. If you’re into theater, you can check out the working Greek Theater or visit the Roman Amphitheater for a look back at the many bouts that took place there. Head over to Ortygia Island for a classic, romantic spot to spend the afternoon. Grab a bite to eat at the eateries around the beautiful Piazza Duomo and make sure you get a look at the cathedral after lunch. Enjoy a nice stroll and perhaps do a little shopping. Then check into a romantic hotel and spend a quiet evening on the island.

Day Four

In the morning, head Northwest to the Piazza Armerina. Here you can explore the famous Villa Romana del Casale. It houses magnificent mosaics on the floors enacted painstakingly. Then head west to Selinunte, an archaeological park which houses some amazing ruins. In fact, many archaeologists and historians still study the area today. Several of the temples have been reconstructed and many embellishments are carefully guarded at a museum in Palermo. When you’re tired of architecture (or if you’re just sick of ancient ruins), head down to the beach. Catch some sun and swim out to explore the temples. Afterwards grab a traditional Sicilian meal at one of the small eateries in the area and check into a small, affordable inn or guest room.

What To Do If You Have 7 Days in Sicily

Day Five

On the fifth day, head to another beach town, San Vito Lo Capo. The small town is located between gorgeous mountains and houses a beach popular with the locals. During your day in San Vito Lo Capo there are a few things you can try. If you want to relax, spend the day at the beach. For some adventure, explore the mountains to the east and go for a nice long hike. Learn more about traditional Italian agriculture by checking out the olive groves and you might even get to sample some olives or olive oil. If you make it to the town in May make sure you check out the International Kite Festival at the local beach.

Day Six

The last two days are to be spent in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. It’ s a beautiful city, offering 8 millennia of history. Sights to see include the Normal Palace (make sure you visit early to avoid all of the crowds). For mosaics, visit the Palatine Chapel, which is also home to a variety of both Eastern and Western art. Make a wish at the Tuscan fountain in the Piazza Pretoria. For food, it’s best to eat like a local. Grab a bite to eat at any of the stands that pop up and enjoy the food – don’t ask about it.

Day Seven

Palermo has many historic sites, which are worth checking out, but by day seven you might need a different perspective on Sicily. Palermo is a chic town with a lot to do. Spend your morning in Via Principe di Belmonte, a classy pedestrian area. Eat lunch from a different pop up stand, then spend the afternoon wandering the city and doing any last minute shopping. Grab a romantic dinner with your partner (or the sexy Italian you met on the trip), and then think about taking a nighttime walking tour of the city to round out the experience.

What To Do If You Have 7 Days in Sicily

Sicily is full of towns to visit, beaches to swim at, ruins to explore and delicious food to eat. When planning a trip, it’s good to loop around the region and spend some time in several different areas. Cater the activities to your preferences, packing in as many or as few activities as you choose. Remember to leave time to eat, relax and enjoy the company of your fellow travelers and Sicily is sure to please.

John Gower is a writer for NerdWallet, a personal finance website dedicated to helping you save money with financial tips on everything from travel in Sicily to the best interest rate on credit cards.

I suoni della natura dal canto degli uccelli alle melodie

uccelliDai suoni della natura l’uomo ha tratto ispirazione e derivato alcuni dei suoi repertori musicali. La mostra ha l’obiettivo di farli conoscere attraverso l’ostensione di esemplari delle raccolte ornitologiche e l’ascolto del canto di alcuni uccelli.
Museo interdisciplinare regionale di storia naturale e mostra permanente del carretto siciliano di Terrasini (Palermo)

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Direct Flights to Catania Fontanarossa, Sicily

Direct Flights to Catania Fontanarossa, SicilyThis is a list of all direct flights to Catania Fontanarossa in Sicily.

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Germany to Catania Fontanarossa

  • Nuremburg – Air Berlin, TUIfly
  • Berlin Brandenburg – Lufthansa, Air Berlin
  • Munich – Air Berlin, Air Malta, Lufthansa, TUIfly
  • Stuttgart – TUIfly, Air Berlin, germanwings
  • Cologne – TUIfly, Air Berlin
  • Frankfurt am Main – Air Berlin, TUIfly
  • Dusseldorf International – Air Berlin, Lufthansa, TUIfly
  • Berlin Tegel – Air Berlin, TUIfly
  • Hannover – TUIfly, germanwings

Austria to Catania Fontanarossa

  • Vienna – Lauda Air, Austrian Airlines

Switzerland to Catania Fontanarossa

  • Geneva – easyJet
  • Basel Mulhouse Freiburg – Air Berlin, TUIfly
  • Zurich – Air Berlin, TUIfly
  • Bern – helvetic

Denmark to Catania Fontanarossa

  • Copenhagen – Cimber Air

Netherlands to Catania Fontanarossa

  • Amsterdam – transavia

Belgium to Catania Fontanarossa

  • Brussels International – Brussels Airlines, JetairFly

France to Catania Fontanarossa

  • Paris Charles de Gaulle – easyJet, XL Airways France, Wind Jet
  • Paris Orly – transavia

Spain to Catania Fontanarossa

  • Barcelona – Wind Jet

United Kingdom to Catania Fontanarossa

  • London Gatwick – easyJet, British Airways, Thomson Flights
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