Though the sea itself cannot be Greek, Indian nor American for she belongs to no other than herself, the Mediterranean waters surrounding the land known as Greece have a distinctive quality that makes the Greek sea legendary.
“Why is the Greek sea legendary?” is an arbitrary question in itself but it remains so nonetheless for all the right reasons.
Greece is made up of roughly 3,053 islands and its coastline is about 17,000 km long. Now that’s about half the total Mediterranean coastline and round about 11th longest coastline in the world.
The numbers simply speak for themselves.
The coastal zone (up to 50 km from the sea) is home to 85% of the population, 80% of industry, 90% of tourism, a large percentage of farming activity and almost the whole of the fishing and fish-farming industries.
We come from the sea and to the sea we shall return.
The Greek Blue colour refers to the sky as much as it does to the sea. This glorious blue colour is due partly to the reflection of the blue skies and partly to the fact that the sea does not contain large quantities of solid matter such as plankton, mud and dust floating in the water.
The way in which the Greek Sea sparkles is like no other the world over.
The Greek part of the Ionian Sea includes the Hellenic Trench, which is deepest off the coast of the South West Peloponnese. At 5,121 metres it is the deepest point in the Mediterranean.
All seven main groups of marine and coastal Mediterranean ecotopes are found in Greece.
The Greek Seas contain about 450 species of fish, 31 marine and 132 coastal plant species have been recorded and described and there are 12 types of cetaceans from sperm whales to Cuvier’s beaked whales.
“Could this abundance be an act of divine providence?” pondered the ancient Greeks.
Thus, they venerated a rich variety of aquatic divinities and sea deities. The range of Greek sea gods of the classical era range from primordial powers, an Olympian God and Goddess, to heroized mortals, chthonic nymphs and trickster monsters.
The legend of Atlantis and the epic Odyssey where born forth from the Greek Sea.
The Greek Sea welcomes millions of visitors each year be they swimmers, sailors or mermaids. Equal amounts of poems, paintings and folkloric songs have been written about the love of the Greek ‘Thalassa’.
On the whole the Greek Sea is cool, clear and calm.
This allows the average bather to soak oneself in a heavenly aquatic environment without any fear. The Greek Sea has no predators, large tides or dangerous rips which is fairly unlikely in tropical or oceanic waters.
The Aegean Sea is a fairytale playground for passionate sailors whilst Greek naval tycoons have stolen the hearts of the strong and mighty.
Some statistical information has been retrieved from www.greeceindex.com and www.wikipedia.com.