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Ciceros Strait is the second major location in Endless Ocean 2, and the third overall map to be explored in the game. It is also the first map in the series to not take place in the South Pacific. Located around the islands of the Cyclades, it is known for its unique geography, and an abundance of unique terrain, shipwrecks, and ancient ruins.

Though Gatama Atoll is where most of the game's tutorials take place, it is here where the player is introduced to other mechanics like salvaging and night diving. In fact, it is the only map in the game where a night dive is necessary. It is also the first and only map in the game to introduce roadblocks that limit the player's travel (in the form of the Ciceros Undines), and the first main map to house resident dangerous creatures at all times of day.

The area is believed, and eventually confirmed, to be the resting place of Valka Castle. It is also home to a large variety of sharks, most notably the feared great whites and their leader, a ferocious beast known as Thanatos.

In-Game Description

"This channel runs between outlying islands of the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Its varied terrain and shark-infested waters make it popular with divers. Its array of sunken wrecks also makes it a prime destination for treasure-hunting salvagers"

Area Information

“The Aegean sea is home to the Cyclades, a group of islands in Greek waters. Ciceros Strait lies between the remote Ailouros (or "Cat") Island and Ciceros Island to the east.

The waters in the strait are shallower than the surrounding sea, causing strong currents and a large number of whirlpools known as the Ciceros Undines.

Many ships have gone down in these mysterious waters in the past, giving rise among local sailors to legends of sirens."

Diving Locations

The locations from which the player can enter the water from the boat in this area include:

  • North Canyon (G1)
  • North Ciceros Undine (D3)
  • East Ciceros Undine (F6)
  • Triton Village Ruins (D7)

Flora, Fauna, and Geography

The main draw of the region is its abundance of sharks, of which several species of various sizes can be found. In fact, a vast majority of the encyclopedia's Large Marine Life section can be found here. Some of these sharks, namely the great whites, pose a threat to the player, making Cicero's Strait the first main map in the game to contain resident dangerous creatures. That being said, several types of small and coral-dwelling fish can also be found in these waters.

Most of the terrain in Cicero's Strait consists of rock faces and shelves, with sparse amounts of coral. There are several sandy coves found in the southern half of the map, and two deep canyons at each end. But the most notable aspect of the region by far is its abundance of shipwrecks, which as one would expect, contain a wealth of salvageable items.

Landmarks and Areas

Diving Sites

North Canyon

Scalloped hammerhead sharks, as seen in North Canyon.

This huge trench in the northern part of Ciceros Strait is populated by scalloped hammerheads, Indo-Pacific sailfish, and moon jellyfish. The canyon can reach up to 100 feet (30 meters) deep. This is one of the main diving locations of Ciceros Strait and where you and Oceana first enter the strait. Great white sharks appear here at night, near the Wreck of the Pride of Athens.

North Ciceros Undine

This diving location is in north-central Ciceros near one of Ciceros's whirlpools, the Ciceros Undines (alt. Dini). Divers must be careful in the area. It is near the Wreck of the Arktos, which was an Egyptian ship carrying lapis lazuli. The ship sinking in this area caused lots of lapis lazuli to be buried there.

East Ciceros Undine

This whirlpool in the southeast-central part of Ciceros Strait is another one of Ciceros's notorious whirlpools. A cave is believed to be hidden behind this whirlpool, however, and legend says that the Spartans hid their treasure in this cave. Your diver and GG find this treasure as part of the Pride of the Salvage King quest.

Triton Village Ruins

The Triton Village Ruins, broken and scattered along the seabed.

These ruins found in southeastern Ciceros Strait (near the Red Dome) are home to sailfish, pelagic thresher sharks, and monkfish. There is also a North Atlantic right whale that swims through the area. Although these ruins have no historical connection to Valka Castle, the entrance is actually in the Well of the Full Moon, in the southeastern part of the village. The Well of the Full Moon is also used in the clues to finding the Canopic Vessel, a one-time salvage item found north of the well. The Wreck of the Blood Lotus lies east of here and is where the German Pottery can be salvaged.

Other Landmarks

Amphitrite's Sanctuary

Amphitrite's Sanctuary, and its famous manta rays.

This location near the North Ciceros Undine consists of a sunken ship and some stone ruins similar to those of Triton Village. It is also the entrance to the Blue Dome. This is a tourist attraction to all divers who come to Ciceros Strait because of the manta rays that dance and swim there. The Mercury Coin can also be found here.

Cross Rift

This X-shaped landmark near the East Ciceros Undine is a play place for bottlenose dolphins. Through the X-shaped cut in the rock, you can find a small cavern containing a coin, glow spots, a whitetip reef shark, and some pineconefish. A lone tiger shark can also be found here, but only during the "White Dolphin of Ciceros" mission.

White Cove

This tucked-away shore can be found in the easternmost section of Ciceros Strait. The cove is known for its beautiful white sand, and more interestingly, a hidden colony of Mediterranean monk seals. A pair of red stingrays, surrounded by smaller fish such as teardrop and oriental butterflyfish cover the water leading into this cove.

Triton Cove

Triton Cove, as seen from its shore.

The Triton Cove is found in the center of Ciceros Strait, next to the East Ciceros Undine and Triton Village Ruins. Here, like in White Cove, a group of Mediterranean monk seals is found. The famously-elusive Blue Bird also appears here on the second stop of its quest.

South Canyon

The southernmost part of Ciceros is similar to the North Canyon, but with a darker and more ominous vibe. Its main distinguishing feature is the North Atlantic right whale that circles through here (replaced by a basking shark at night). There are also red and cowtail stingrays that can be found on the seafloor, and the enigmatic Sea Serpent is also discoverable here upon filling in the entire map.

Unique Features

Ciceros Undines

See North Ciceros Undine and East Ciceros Undine.

Ciceros Domes

A side-by-side comparison of the mysterious, ancient murals found in both Blue Dome and Red Dome.

Two mysterious domes can be found on the west side of Ciceros Strait, containing strange murals of a thought-lost ancient civilization.

Blue Dome

The northernmost dome in Ciceros is so-called for two reasons: The first is that there are lots of blue fish in the dome, for example, blue-spotted ribbontail rays, blue tangs, king angelfish and more, and the other can be seen at the surface. A dome comes out of the water, and its interior is painted with blue murals. Who could have painted these strange murals? When were they painted?

Red Dome

The southernmost dome in Ciceros is so-called for the same reasons as the Blue Dome: it has red Japanese angelsharks populating it, and there are red murals painted on the interior of the dome. A trio of great white sharks is found here, but exclusively during the "Mural Fragment" mission.

Shipwrecks

Each of the six shipwrecks in Ciceros Strait. Clockwise from top-left: Arktos, Blood Lotus, Demeter, Emerald Lady, Flamingo, Pride of Athens.

One notable trait about Ciceros Strait is it' abundance of shipwrecks. These shipwrecks contain unique ecosystems within and around them, and hold great interests for salvagers seeking treasures in the deep.

Wreck of the Arktos

This wreck in the middle of the strait sits directly southeast of the North Ciceros Undine. Several mahi-mahi and longtooth grouper call this ship home, and a whitetip reef shark makes its home in a shelf of rock nearby.

Wreck of the Blood Lotus

Near the Triton Village Ruins, the Blood Lotus's decaying frame yields multiple unique species. Common octopuses, goldeye rockfish, and lined surgeonfish surround this wreck, and the great North Atlantic right whale swims around the area. At night, a basking shark makes its way near and around the ship.

Wreck of the Demeter

The Wreck of the Demeter, notable for being almost entirely destroyed, in comparison to the generally-intact state of other shipwrecks.

The Wreck of the Demeter lies near the North Ciceros Undine in the middle of Ciceros Strait. Indo-Pacific sailfish populate this ship, along with accompanying shoals of Japanese jack mackerel, European parrotfish, and others.

Wreck of the Emerald Lady

What is most notable about this ship in the southeastern-most part of Ciceros is that it's always swarming with great white sharks. This is also where the man-eater Thanatos dwells after his encounter in the main plot, save for one special occasion. Caution is advised when swimming here, as the sharks are quick to attack and Thanatos can steal more than a few bars of your oxygen. One of the lost mediterranean monk seals will be found here during Ciceros Strait's portion of the "Help Me!" quest.

Wreck of the Flamingo

Divers should take precaution when exploring this shipwreck in the west of the North Canyon, as great white sharks are common in large numbers. At night, they are replaced by sand tigers, which are not dangerous. This is where you find the Ultimate Vinegar as part of a quest, and the great sturgeon Lady Dorthea (alt. Divine Gift) is often spotted in the area during the day.

Wreck of the Pride of Athens

This shipwreck is located west of the North Canyon, in between the canyon itself and its sister wreck, the Flamingo. This ship is flooded by small fish such as swallowtail sea perch, and larger fish such as pelagic thresher sharks. At night, the great white sharks from the Flamingo move to this ship. This wreck is the main destination for the "Memento" mission, during which Thanatos makes his only appearance in the area.

Animal Scene Events

  1. Manta Dance: Unlocked after the player encounters the manta rays in the South Canyon, and then travels to Amphitrite's Sanctuary.
  2. Endangered seals: Automatically plays when the player goes ashore in the White Cove for the first time.
  3. Thanatos appears: Viewed during the story mission, shortly after discovering the Triton Village Ruins.

Notes

  • Whenever the player dives in this region, possible creatures that can appear on the loading screens include great white sharkssand tigersIndo-Pacific sailfish, and mahi-mahi.
  • Out of all maps in the game, Ciceros Strait has the largest number of constellation coins, at a total of sixteen.
  • Ciceros Strait is first map in the game to house legendary creatures that can be found during the player's first visit, as well as the only main map to have more than one legendary with this distinction.
  • Ciceros Strait is the only map in the game where the player is rewarded with more than a title for fully exploring it. In this case, they also unlock a legendary creature.

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