The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of Ibiza’s ‘Biodiversity and Culture’ world heritage site with a portfolio of photos that illustrate the main features that underpin its listing under natural criteria. It starts with a series of photos to illustrate the importance of the Posidonia seagrass prairies as seen from the coast, and underwater. A lot of dead seagrass is washed up on the sandy beaches, where it contributes to complex food webs and may blow in the wind creating balls of fibre. The next part of the slideshow provides an introduction to the underwater world of the open waters and coral reefs where bottlenose dolphins, jellyfish, groupers, anemones, fan worms, hermit crabs and moray eels are amongst the species shown. A popular boat tour takes visitors round the island of Espalmador and the next part of the slideshow illustrates the rocky shoreline here with its caves and dark underwater overhangs. One of the caves is occupied by a Mediterranean monk seal pup, while an adult is basking on a nearby beach. There are further images of the site’s marine biodiversity and coral reefs, with octopus and fish demonstrating their camouflage, while brightly-coloured nudibranchs (looking like underwater slugs) patrol the depths as a variety of anemones wave their tentacles searching for prey. The final part of the slideshow provides images of the rocky coastline of Formentera, one of the salt-pans with a typical small wading bird, a popular sand beach crowded with people and further underwater views of the seagrass prairie environment.
The following Flickr photographers are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Canon/J.L.Mera, Ivan Zanotti Photo, Nacho Pintos, xusme, Manuel Sanchez Mateos Paniagua, Joaquim F.P., Martino Sabia, vivtony00, Andrea Nani, _nodata_, Wildlife Wanderer, Ryan McMinds, Watt fur Bilder, Marta Terry L., Cristina Pla, lula1977, Risto Silaste, AH-AP, Nicolas Cimiterra, Mykle Hoban, Nicholas Turland and Rafael Medina