Creature Feature - The Sea Slug (Nudibranch)

"When we think of slugs the image of a fat, slimy garden slug fills our mind, however under the water they become something rather special. The correct name, nudibranch, is made up from the Latin and Ancient Greek words meaning “naked” and “gills”. They are a soft bodied mollusc that sheds its shell after the larval stage, they are colourful and have amazing forms. There are over 3,000 species known at present so please let me introduce you to a local colourful resident: the violet sea slug - Flabellina Pedata The name gives you a clue to this one’s choice of colour as they are a bright pink/...
Posted on June 24th 2020Category: Blog

Creature Feature - The Greater Pipefish

"There are some marine animals that strike a chord with us the minute we see them or hear about them. There is something about them that intuitively appeals to us." This week Anya introduces us to a close relative of the Seahorse; The Greater Pipefish - Syngnathus acus. There are several things that make this fish distinctive and hard to mistake for other creatures. They have a long thin body with an elongated snout. The snout can be over half the size of the head and is used to pick up small crustaceans and fish larvae that they like to feed upon. The Greater Pipefish is the most common...
Posted on June 17th 2020Category: Blog

Creature Feature - The Dahlia Anemone

In addition to the marine residents that like to move around we have some residents that are sedentary in nature. They can move if they want but prefer to stay in one place, you could call it home. This week Anya introduces you to the aptly named, Dahlia Anemone (Urticina Felina). "Anemones are part of the Cnidaria family which includes jellyfish. The Dahlia Anemone can be found while snorkelling or diving, and comes in an amazing range of colours - at Selsey I have seen pink, purple, yellow and red versions. They have a short squat column, so when open, they appear to be laying flat on the...
Posted on June 10th 2020Category: Blog

Creature Feature - The Thornback Ray

Creature Feature Week 4 This week, diver, freediver and snorkeller Anya is introducing us to another underwater resident: "I am lucky enough to spend my working days on and under the water and get to spend time in a wonderful environment. I'd like to introduce you to a majestic and elegant creature that I will never get tired of seeing - the Thornback Ray – "Raja clavate". We have several different rays in our waters, but the Thornback is the most often encountered by divers and fisherman. This nocturnal hunter spends the day buried in the sand and has evolved over time so when buried, as...
Posted on June 02nd 2020Category: Blog

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