Snorkeling over seaweed at Battery Rocks, Penzance at low tide January 2021.
A friendly adult grey seal in Newlyn harbour - October - happily snoozing - this is called 'bottling' when they sleep with their noses to the sky as it resembles an empty bottle floating in the water! Grey Seals (Scientific name: Halichoerus Grypus) can live 30 -40 years and are found coastally all around the UK.
Snorkeling in September at Prussia Cove - Crystal Clear sea - astounding visibility - we get this every so often when the sea is calm and the winds are right!
A spiny starfish in September resting happily on the kelp in the early morning rays of the sun
Discovery of a healthy 30kg seal pup on my way to my swim . He was about 4- 5 weeks and fully weaned as he was no longer sporting his fluffy white seal pup coat.
Cushion Starfish in a rock pool on kelp at Trevaunance Cove, Cornwall. Cushion stars are common on all British Coasts - usually no bigger than 5cm with a padded puffy cushion like appearance. Its colour can vary from brown, pale orange, green or cream and are usually found in corners of rock pools. .
Crystal Jellyfish (Scientific Name: Aequorea Victoria) give off a bio luminescent glow around their outer bell when they are bumped into or disturbed. They have a transparent body with lots of fine long delicate tentacles. Their sting is almost non existent to humans and so they are the most harmless species of jellyfish in our waters. They are beautiful to photograph because of their transparency, especially on a bright sunny day like this one.
A female grey seal eating supper in Newlyn Harbour - the fisherman tend to throw in their scraps and the local seals have become very accustomed to it! When the fishing boats return in the evening you can be rest assured there will be a seal or two following closely behind - This one was looking very happy with a whole plaice for her tea!
A snorkeling session in December with an abundance of spiny starfish. Many people think that starfish are solely summer creatures but they are here in our Cornish waters all year round and they never fail to impress me! Spiny starfish (Scientific name: Marthasterias glacialis) can grow to the size of dustbin lids with their bodies totally covered in little white spines. They can be grey, pale green or light blue in colour with purple tips at the ends of their arms. They can be damaged when forcefully picked up as their little sticky tube feet that they use to move help to keep them stuck in position.