Candy-striped Flatworm
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This stunning Candy-striped Flatworm, Prostheceraeus vittatus was found while rock pooling near the mouth of the Helford Estuary in Cornwall. The crystal clear water enabled us to take this short video of it moving gracefully around the pool. A truly … Read More

Grey Seals at West Pentire
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If ever we needed reminding the weather and the seasons change rapidly here in south west Cornwall then the last few days have demonstrated it. This seal and several others were watched leisurely swimming in crystal clear water at West … Read More

Large Jellyfish sightings
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During a stroll around Falmouth harbour at the weekend this Barrel Jellyfish was seen feeding around the sea walls of Events Quay. There appears to have been an influx of these large Jellyfish in recent weeks around the Cornish Coast. … Read More

Dolphins in St Ives
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Cornish dolphins and seabirds. Well, what a cracking start to the new year. Dolphins and thousands of sea birds feeding close in to the cliffs of St Ives Island. For once the winds were spot on. Strong north westerlies pounded … Read More

Seals at St Ives in Cornwall
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This Grey Seal provided a distraction while sea watching from The Island at St Ives, Cornwall. This rocky promontory is a well known coastal landmark from where some excellent seabirds and dolphins can often be seen. However, on our visit … Read More

Ocean Sunfish off Cornwall
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This is a great time to sea watch from the cliffs of south west Cornwall as besides the birds there are Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Seals and, in the last few weeks, numbers of Ocean Sunfish sightings. These strange looking fish, … Read More

Rock pool fish: Common Blenny
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The most common fish seen in our local rock pools is the Common Blenny. Despite being common they can be very difficult to see unless they move. So often the only glimpse you get is of them dashing under a … Read More

Brittlestars in rock pools
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What fascinating places rock pools are? There is a whole new world of creatures and plants to become familiar with. The amount of life in our local rock pools here on the south coast of Cornwall has noticeably increased in … Read More

Hermit crabs
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When the shell started to scurry across the rock pool it was obvious it was inhabited by a hermit crab! Not that it was easy to see it. Yet another occasion where patience paid off and the creature eventually peered … Read More

Common Starfish on the shore of the Helford River
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This bright orange starfish was on the muddy shore of the Helford River at low water last week. Insight into Common Starfish (Asterias rubens): the most common starfish found all around the coast in Britain, it is usually between 12 … Read More

Rock pool and rocky shore wildlife identification guide
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Wildlife Insight is pleased to include The Rocky Shore Name Trail guide in our shop. It’s a laminated guide offering a superb introduction to identifying species and understanding the world of rock pools and the rocky sea shores around the … Read More

British seaweeds: Oarweed or Tangleweed
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Last week the tides were some of the biggest of the year and so it was an excellent time to explore the rock pools at low water. The lower shore on Rosemulion Head, near the Helford River, was thick with … Read More

Bottlenose Dolphin in Falmouth Bay
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Heading south across Falmouth Bay for The Manacles about twenty Bottlenose Dolphin passed by the boat heading north in the direction of Falmouth. The pod seemed to be made up of a range of ages including one or two very … Read More

Mullet in Falmouth harbour
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As the water warms, shoals of Mullet are showing in increasing numbers in the estuaries and harbours around the Cornish coast. This fish was one of severel seen feeding on algae in shallow water in Falmouth harbour yesterday. Insight into … Read More

Grey Seal on Black Rock
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There are lots of good places to see Grey Seals around the south west coast of Cornwall and we are lucky to have them on our doorstep in Falmouth. Black Rock stands in the middle of the mouth of the … Read More

Beadlet Anemone in rock pools on Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth
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These common anemones are showing their tentacles but many were resembling blobs of jelly in the rock pools at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall. Insight into Beadlet Anemone (Actinia equina): can be red, orange, green and brown and are found … Read More

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