The cliffs of the Reserve of Scandola, poorly accessible, protect the nests of many birds including Osprey (more info on the dedicated page), the Mediterranean Shag but also swallows and swifts, in large numbers for the last two.
There is also the Cory's Shearwater, the Peregrine Falcon, the Seagull and the Cormorant.
It is also possible to meet, mainly in spring and autumn, groups of egrets stopping over in Scandola during migration.
Among the marine mammals that may be encountered in the Gulf of Porto, we frequently meet the dolphin (present throughout the Corsican coast). More exceptionally you can see the Risso's dolphin, the sperm whale and the fin whale which is the second biggest cetacean after the blue whale.
Monk seals, also known Veaux Marins, were present in great numbers in Corsica until the late 60s, they have unfortunately been decimated by fishermen of the area. An exceptional site bears their name at the foot of Capo Rosso: Baie des Veaux Marins.
We regularly see wild goats on the steep cliffs of the Reserve.
They are the descendants of domesticated goats lost during transhumance of herds.
In the family of reptiles are found everywhere in Corsica lizards, salamanders and geiko. It is also possible to bump into sea turtles in the waters of the reserve, but the encounter is fairly rare...
Into the conserved ecosystem of Scandola, many scientists can study the rich mediterranean underwater world. You can see a myriad of fish moving, such as grouper, oblade, corb, sar, mediterranean bass , and many others... While crossing the Gulf of Porto, one can see moon-fish that swim back from deep water towards the surface, flying fish that can fly away at the passage of the bow …
Scandola Nature Reserve is an exceptional site for studying the red coral populations because its strict protection allowed the coral to grow for more than 30 years without the pressure of fishing. This allowed it to reach sizes seldom seen at shallow depths outside the protected sites.