|Midnight Madness at Marazion! Photo copywrite Alan Barker|
Standing in the shallows our torches attracted hoards of tiny mysid shrimps, prawns and juvenile fish. We were soon joined by inch long adult atlantic cuttlefish. these guys are absolute beauties and although we had seen some on the day time survey we were treated to far more sightings on the night rockpooling!
The survey highlighted once again the incredible diversity of life on this shore and proved that night rockpooling allows you to build a much more full picture of the species present. Particularly species that are more active at night such as fish, crustaceans and cephalopods!
|Shore crab in Torch light, Matt Slater|
|Atlantic or little Cuttle Sepiola atlantica (approx 20mm total length), Matt Slater|
|Star Ascidian Bottryllus shlosseri - a colonial sea squirt (each star approx 5mm across), Matt Slater|
|Dahlia anemone glowing blue in LED torch light, Matt Slater|
|A tiny baby tompot blenny found beneath a large boulder. (length approx 2 cm). Matt Slater|
|A beautiful sea slug Eubranchus farrani found by Jake Meyers and Trudy Russell. (Length approx 10mm), Matt Slater|
|Decorator crab Macropodia spp (Width approx 4cm), covered in sea weed for camoflague. Matt Slater|