Secche di Tor Paterno | Lazio
Underwater pictures taken whilst scuba diving in the Marine Protected Area "Secche di Tor Paterno"
The marine protected area "Secche di Tor Paterno" (Shoals of Tor Paterno) is a diving paradise located along the Roman coast, at a distance between 4 and 7 nautical miles from the beaches of Ostia and Torvaianica. The "Secche di Tor Paterno" represent a real island at the bottom of the Tyrrhenian Sea, whose summit reaches 18 meters below sea level, while the maximum depth touches the least 60 meters, and it's covered by a surprising amount of animal and plant life.
This picture shows the incredible camouflage skills of a common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) and it wins the "Obiettivo Mare" special mention (Award for the best underwater photo taken in an Italian marine protected area) of the 14th edition of the "Obiettivo Terra" 2023 geographic-environmental photography contest.
AMP Tor Paterno
On 29 November 2000, the Ministry of the Environment declared the area of the Tor Paterno shoals as a "Marine Protected Area", entrusting its management to RomaNatura.