My recent frolicking in Salcombe
When one gets one’s hydrophone in a pickle…..
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.
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
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.
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.
Anyone need a new sponge? This cheeky fellow is growing over a mussel. Sponges are one of those species that I always forget grow in UK waters. Isn’t it stunning? With its multiple little chimneys where the water flows out from, once it has been filtered for nutrients. Beautiful. This example was found in Plymouth, Devon.
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!