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What species can you see in the calanques at Marseille ?

Discover our range of species waiting to be discovered in Marseille


This brown bulky-bodied fish with white spots inhabits the crevices in shorelines at depths of up to 200 metres. Highly sought-after for its succulent flesh, it nearly died out locally, although a moratorium managed to save the species from local extinction. Populations have been re-flourishing for many years now.

Conger eel

It hunts its prey as the sun sets and feeds on crustaceans, fish, and cephalopods. Its blueish grey snakelike body can reach lengths of up to 4 metres. It uses all kinds of shelter, including shipwrecks at depths of up to 100 m.

Swallowtail sea perch

Swallowtail sea perches haunt caves and rock masses at depths of up to 35 metres. They have a fondness for coral reefs and shipwrecks. With a beautiful bright pink tinge, they live in tight shoals. The elegant, scalloped tail makes this fish recognisable and easy to spot.


This fish species haunts rocky substrates and Posidonia meadows at depths of up to 20 metres. It is easily identifiable thanks to black bands on the head and tail. Male juveniles change sex when they reach adult age.

Sea fans

Ranging in colour from yellow or red, sea fans spread their large branched fanlike tentacles to catch prey. Clinging to rocks and walls, sea fans can be seen up to 17 metres away and down to depths of more than 100 m.


A carnivorous fish with a silvery, spindle-shaped body. It preys on shrimps and cephalopods, feeding along sandy beaches or near rocks battered by the waves. Highly prized as food by connoisseurs, it has great value in aquaculture.

John Dory

Highly prized by connoisseurs, this fish is sought-after for its tasty flesh. It lives in the mud and sand of the seabed at depths of up to 200 m. Its diet includes octopuses and sardines, and it tends to sometimes burrow in the sandy seabed.


Known for its mimicry, it changes colour very quickly. From May until August, it haunts rocky substrates where it lays its eggs. In winter, it lives at greater depths of up to 80 m on the silty seabed. It propels itself through the sea by expelling water through a siphon.