We started out exploring the boulder zone down at the Gazzle a cove on the North side of Towan headland. this more sheltered but still relatively exposed site is rich in biodiversity and the cliff and large boulders are covered in a thick layer of purple coraline algae and supports a diverse underboulder community of sponges, hydroids, bryozoans, tube worms of many species, and loads of crabs, cushion stars, cowries, brittlestars and broad clawed squat lobsters.
|Painted topshell Calliosotma zizyphinum|
|The Boulder zone at extreme low water - the Gazzle - a truly rich habitat|
|Closeup of a Gem anemone, Aluactinia verrucosa taken at Towan beach, Newquay by Matt Slater|
|Green Sea urchin Psamechinus millaris|
|A tube worm possibly Sabellaria spinosa? and a crevice sea cucumber Aslia lefevrei|
|Found in gulley a Beautiful Dahlia anemone|
|Closeup of a very unusual red colour morph of a Daisy Anemone, Cereus pedunculatus.|
|Sunlight through the Sargassum - Towan beach pools|
|Banded pincer weed Ceramium, in the sunlight|
Thanks to my volunteers Cheryl and Rachel it was a great survey with lots more photos saved into the Shoresearch Dropbox!
Sadly we didn't find any stalked jelly fish but I am still sure they must be there somewhere- It would be good to snorkel this site and see if they are there in the shallow sub tidal! Newquay marine group volunteers please get out and look for them!