A mullet for a mullet

Today was the big day I set up my dissertation experiment on a offshore pontoon, in Salcombe. The sun was shining,  grey mullet were swimming around the boats and to be frank, it couldn’t have been more picturesque! Let’s hope the experiment works! (Details of experiment to follow…) I’ll tell you what though… I was left on this pontoon for two hours and MY GOD didn’t I need a flipping wee by the end!! Huge shout-out to the car park toilets.

Magical seagrass! The Daily Nature Fix

Seagrass. You may have never heard of it. But did you know it is a vital marine habitat? There are 40% more animals in seagrass beds than on bare sand. This vital marine habitat is struggling and in fast decline. This picture was taken in Salcombe, Devon, where the only known intertidal seagrass bed is growing. Isn’t it beautiful? Find out more about these chaps at: http://www.projectseagrass.org

Which way to the beach?

Hurrah! I found a Compass jellyfish! Chrysaora hysoscella. Terrible picture I know…. but these guys really are incredibly beautiful. They have 24 tenticles arranged in 8 groups of three. Common around U.K waters, get yourself down to the beach while the weather is warm and see if you can say hi to one. Yes…. yes they do sting, so no cuddles please.

Dissertation time… dun.. dun.. Duuuuun!

Yesterday I began the big journey called ‘It’s Dissertation Time’. Yup.. I am about to enter into my 3rd year of my marine biology and oceanography degree and this summer my focus has been on completing my dissertation experiment. My project is based around the impacts of toxic antifouling agents (the paint they coat boat hulls in to prevent the colonisation of animals forming). I am completing this on an offshore pontoon, in Salcombe, Devon.

Little baba sea urchin!!

You have to admit, this little juvenile sea urchin is totally adorable?…. This little darling was found right here in Devon! Plymouth Sound to be exact. Amazing what you can find right on your doorstep (probably not literally… unless you choose to reside in a beach hut, in which case…. Cool!) I believe the scientific name for this beastie is ‘Echinocardium cordatum‘ commonly known as the ‘Sea potato’. I confess.. this photo is a few months old now, taken in February this year. Gaaaaaaw! Look at its little tiny baba hairs!IMG_2979

Hold on to your holdfast

Holdfasts. The roots on seaweed. These finger-like projections clamp down onto substrate such as rocks, cement and cliffs etc and stablise the plant. How fabulous! What a smashing holdfast it is. I believe this one belongs to a kelp species. This example was found at Wembury beach, in Devon.