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The protected marine area "Punta Campanella"
The Protected Marine Area covers the coastal zones of the towns of Massa Lubrense, Piano di Sorrento, Positano, Sant'Agnello, Sorrento and Vico Equense. Its principal aims are to protect and valorise the biological and geomorphological resources of this area, to increase people's knowledge of marine and coastal environments. Until a few decades ago, the coast, sea and sea bed of the present Protected Marine Area offered sights of rare beauty. On the sand and silt beds at a depth of between 30 and 35 metres the expanses of Posidonia oceanica which offer refuge and sustenance to a vast gamma of marine organisms, from the colourful Nudibranchi Gastropods to the characteristic seahorse, have become much reduced. At the base of the rock formations in the dimly-lit gorges and at the entrance to the underwater caves in surroundings of great fascination and beauty, you may be able to observe, if you are lucky, the elegant and delicate parapandal prawns and the Alicia mirabilis, an invertebrate similar to an Actinozoa with tentacles which exude an irritant. Another valued organism which can still be found in the waters of the Protected Marine Area of Punta Campanella is the date mussel.
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