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Marine Wildlife in Falmouth Bay Cornwall

Cornish waters are home to a huge array of biodiversity from dolphins to sharks and everything in-between!

Cornwall's marine life is renowned for its exceptional diversity and abundance, making it a captivating destination for nature enthusiasts and marine wildlife lovers. Along the rugged coastline and within the crystal-clear waters, a vibrant array of species thrives, creating a thriving ecosystem. From the playful antics of bottlenose dolphins and the gentle grace of grey seals to the awe-inspiring presence of basking sharks, there is a myriad of marine marvels to discover.

Venture beneath the waves and be mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of colors that adorn the vibrant coral reefs. Explore hidden coves and encounter elusive creatures like seahorses, crabs, and lobsters that call these underwater habitats their home. Witness the breathtaking sight of majestic sea turtles gracefully gliding through the azure waters, and marvel at the intricate patterns and movements of mesmerizing schools of fish.

Whether you choose to snorkel, dive, or embark on a wildlife cruise, Cornwall's marine life offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Immerse yourself in this enchanting world, guided by knowledgeable experts who share their passion for conservation and the preservation of these precious ecosystems.

With every dive or cruise, you contribute to the ongoing efforts to protect and conserve Cornwall's marine environment. By experiencing the wonders of marine life firsthand, you develop a deeper appreciation for the delicate balance of nature and the need to safeguard these habitats for future generations.

Embark on an unforgettable journey into Cornwall's marine realm, where every encounter with its fascinating creatures leaves an indelible mark on your heart and inspires a lifelong commitment to protect our oceans. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty, diversity, and sheer wonder of Cornwall's marine life.

Cornwalls Ecosystem

Cornwall, located in the southwestern region of the United Kingdom, is home to a diverse marine ecosystem due to its location on the coast and its varied habitats. Some key features of the Cornwall marine ecosystem include:

  1. Rocky shores: Cornwall has extensive areas of rocky coastline, which provide a range of habitats for a variety of marine life, including seaweeds, barnacles, mussels, and limpets.

  2. Sandy beaches: Cornwall has several sandy beaches, which are important nesting sites for sea turtles and provide habitat for sand-dwelling organisms such as sand crabs and sand eels.

  3. Estuaries: Cornwall is home to several estuaries, which are important breeding and feeding grounds for a variety of marine species, including salmon, sea trout, and shellfish.

  4. Seagrass meadows: Cornwall has several seagrass meadows, which are important habitats for juvenile fish and other marine animals.

  5. Offshore habitats: The waters off the coast of Cornwall are home to a variety of marine mammals, including dolphins, porpoises, and seals, as well as larger predatory fish such as sharks and tuna.

Overall, the Cornwall marine ecosystem is a rich and diverse environment that is home to a wide range of species and habitats, making it an important area for conservation and management efforts.

Cornwall is located at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel, which creates complex currents and patterns of water movement.

The tides in Cornwall are influenced by the gravitational forces of the sun and the moon, resulting in a semi-diurnal tidal cycle with two high tides and two low tides per day. The tidal range can be quite large, with differences of up to 6 meters between high and low tides in some areas.

In addition to tides, winds also play an important role in shaping the marine currents in Cornwall. Strong winds can create surface currents, while deeper currents are influenced by ocean currents, such as the North Atlantic Drift, which brings warm water from the Gulf of Mexico up to the coast of western Europe.


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Cornish waters - A rich biodiversity

We are fortunate to encounter a diverse array of marine life during our boat tours, including playful dolphins that take time out of their day to play with us. We also have the privilege of seeing different whale species on their seasonal migrations, gracing us with their presence. The harbour porpoise, one of the smallest marine mammals, can also be spotted in our waters. Additionally, the rare bluefin tuna, which is making an incredible comeback from global overfishing, can be found in our region.

UK waters are also home to a significant number of shark species, including the basking shark, the second-largest shark species, which comes to feed in our waters from early spring to the end of summer before disappearing to its mysterious life that science has yet to fully uncover. Another fascinating creature that we may encounter during our tours is the sunfish, the world's largest bony fish that can grow to an extraordinary size.

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Join our community of wildlife enthusiasts to share experiences, insights, and knowledge about marine wildlife. Engage in discussions, seek identification help, and connect with fellow nature lovers. Let's celebrate Cornwall's marine wildlife together!

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The WiSe Scheme is a training program all about watching Marine wildlife the wildlife-safe way!
The UK is home to a fantastic variety of marine wildlife, whether visible from the shore or from a boat. However, these wild animals are vulnerable to disturbance if not encountered in a manner that respects their wild nature. The aim is to promote responsible wildlife-watching, through training, accreditation, and raising awareness.

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