|Beautiful Nudibranch Okenia elegans|
An enthusiastic band of volunteers joined me on the shore and we were all really impressed with the biodiversity within the deep seaweed filled gullies that run across the main reef between Talland Sand and neighboring Rotterdam beach. apart from wireweed which was present in mid shore pools there were no other non native species found during the survey which is great news! Harpoon weed is common at nearby Hannafore but not currently present at Talland!
Find of the day was this beautiful sea slug Okenia elegans which was approximately 4cm long (can grow up to 8cm) found on red seaweeds in a deep over hang. They feed on sea squirts - would love to dive there and try to find more!!
|Sea spider Endeis carybdaea|
|Talland bay reef|
|Stalked Jellyfish Leucerniopsis campanulata|
|Haliclystus octoradiatus stalked jellyfish|
|Harry from the Marine Biological Association ShoreThing project led our timed species search|
|Steve, Mary and Harry looking at Piddocks|
|Common Piddock shells|
Thanks to all the volunteers - it was really great to meet new shoresearchers Steve and Mary Webb (who travelled all the way from Bristol!), Vicky Palmer and Julie Dalford! And great to see Jane and Chloe who are now experienced Shoresearchers!!
See you at the next survey! The next volunteer training day for new (and old!) volunteers is 17th July at Porscatho on the Roseland, for more info please email firstname.lastname@example.org