|Banded Venus shell|
The biggest surprise though was seeing so many stalked jellyfish. the lower shore pools were teeming with small Haliclystus octoradiatus stalked jellies, a protected and rare species. there has clearly just been a spring bloom of these strange creatures and as David Fenwick had often described we found that the fine branches of red seaweed Ceramium were particularly thick with tiny 2 or 3 mm high juveniles. They were also on other species of seaweed, in fact it was hard to find a bit of seaweed without stalked jellies on! Sea lettuce, Red grape weed, bunnies ears, all had stalked jellies and we even found them living in Sargassum weed - evidence that this invasive species is providing habitat now to our local rare species.
|Stalked Jellyfish in Ceramium|
|tiny stalked jellies on Ulva|
|Stalked jellies in wireweed Sargassum muticum|
|Orange colonial ascidian Applidium nordmanii and above it Verruca stroemia barnacles|
|there was lots of this Cystosiera seaweed - probably Cystoceira nodicaulis|
It was a really great day and It was particularly nice to see lots of new volunteers keen to get involved in shoresearch. I hope you all enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the next survey which will be at Talland Bay near Looe on the 16th of June 2015.