These guys are much smaller - they are Azure damselflies or travniška škratca - samica in njen bleščeče modri samec (Coenagrion puella - female and her blue male). Now that my eyes got used to them I see them all the time.
This is a Large red damselfly or rani plamenec (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), I've seen it only a few times. Since the first time I saw it I always carry my camera in my pocket when I'm in the garden, and it payed off.
Also most of the Tunicates were still there - not sure which this one is (am in doubt if this is Sea strawberry, because it looks somewhat different)....
... and White sea-squirt or bradavičasti kozolnjak (Phallusia mamillata).
This is a Small scallop or mala pokrovača (Flexopecten glaben) with shiny blue eyes.
Next day we decided to stay put, as it was so beautiful. Day was spent swimming, snorkelling, rowing. By the colours of the water this could easily be some tropic destination.
We decided to move in front of the town in the evening, captain and the crew dinghied ashore to have some ice cream. The sunset was spectacular.
Next day we sailed South, and stopped at the South side of Olib for a snack and some swimming and then sailed on to Molat. We anchored in a bay North of Rt Solinski, and had the pleasure of being the only boat there. Of course the fishermen boat with very long spears for hunting octopuses came by in the evening, but we saw them almost every evening this year.
Next day we moved to island Tovarnjak. We spent the day lazying on the boat and swimming and snorkelling of course.
I'm always happy to see a Common cuttlefish or navadna sipa (Sepia officinalis), it looks like they are greeting me when they raise the tentacles.
This was the biggest school of Sea needles or igel (Belone belone) that I've ever seen.
We anchored in a bay opposite Nerezine for the night. The weather turned already in the night, a fresh NE wind burja started to blow, which was forecast to get even stronger in next couple of days. In the morning we did some fast shopping in Nerezine and then decided to try to sail to Rab, with option to return to the S of Cres if the weather got too nasty. It turned out not too bad, it was windy, it even rained from time to time, but we managed to sail for most of the way and only used the engine at the end.
Next morning the NE wind was still strong, but the sky was blue and sun was shining. We sailed to bay Uvala Planka, I wanted to do some more snorkelling before we returned home. Uvala Planka was full with motor boats and we had to anchor at the entrance to the bay, and it was difficult to swim to the shore without being overrun by one. Of course there are laws of how far from the shore motor boats need to be to be allowed to speed and plane, but sadly very few boats obey the rules, even in bays where people are swimming.
But under the water Uvala Planka didn't disappoint. I saw some Sea strawberries or rožnate plaščarje (Aplidium elegans) - to the left of it you can see a colourful slug, and another one left below.
This is an upside-down Black-headed blenny or črnoglava babica (Lipophrys nigriceps).
Not sure which kind of tunicates this is, it could be spužvasti plaščar (Didemnum spp), I couldn't find English name.
This was a new discovery for me - it is a Yellow Clathrina or mrežasta spužva (Clathrina clathrus).
Last year was a year of Striped winged slugs (I couldn't find the English name, so I translated it from German) or pisančkov (Thuridilla hopei). I actually made a photo of Kidney-shaped sponge or ledvičaste spužve (Chondrosia reniformis) and only when I was checking the photos on my computer, I noticed even two of them (two are also on photo with Sea Strawberries above). They managed to sneak up into many photos I made, while I thought I was photographing other things.
After snorkelling and a lunch we sailed on around the NW edge of Rab and were met with stronger NE wind, which was of course almost exactly the direction in which we were going. It was a rough ride, we even made a short stop at the entrance of Supetarska draga on Rab and discussed searching a shelter for the night. But after an hour we saw the waves at sea getting smaller and white caps disappearing, so we decided to give it a try. We motored through Senj strait and then on between Krk and the mainland and decided to keep going till Klimno.
It was already past 8 in the evening when we anchored in the lagoon. We moved to our buoys the next day, cleaned the boat and then drove home. It was the end of sailing season for that year.