Species Specific Sites

Grey Seals

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Around Falmouth we have a colony of Atlantic Grey Seals. The resident adults can be found on Black Rock at low tide, at high tide they are around the bay feeding. There is also a haul out beach, where the seals haul out at low tide. We have seen up to 17 seals at one time, on the beach and in the water.

We have seen them in the water but they are never guaranteed. We do often see them from the boat, at all states of tide but again, as with all wildlife, nothing is guaranteed.

Atlantic Grey Seal

Atlantic Grey Seal

Pink Sea Fans

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Pink Sea Fans are a rare species of hard coral, although there are areas around Falmouth where they are prolific. Sites such as the Manacles, Outer Bizzies and even wrecks like the Volnay.

The local Pink Sea Fans are also home to the sea fan anemones and the sea fan nudibranch.

Pink Sea Fan

Pink Sea Fan

Pink Sea Fan sites are mainly only accessible by boat, they are usually in deeper water, deeper than 18m. They have been seen on wrecks as deep as 70m.

Sea Grass

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Around Falmouth area we have many Sea Grass sites. They are some off the beaches, so can be done as shore dives. There are some Sea Grass beds which can only be accessed by boat, such as the area off Carracknath and the southern Helford site.

The largest patch of Sea Grass around the Falmouth area, is within the Helford River. Although it can be reached from the shore, it is so big you won’t  be able to see it all. The further away from Durgan or Grebe, the more dense it gets.

Sea Grass zostera marina

Sea Grass Zostera Marina

We can take you to any of the Sea Grass sites in the area.

Full Boat Charter Only.

Maerl

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‘Maerl is a collective term for several species of calcified red seaweed. It grows as unattached nodules on the seabed, and can form extensive beds in favourable conditions. Maerl is slow-growing, but over long periods its dead calcareous skeleton can accumulate into deep deposits (an important habitat in its own right), overlain by a thin layer of pink, living Maerl.’ read more →