She saw sea shells on the sea shore
SHE saw sea shells on the sea shore... And so much more!
The Irish Coast is teeming with life; even if at first glance the beach or ocean looks empty, it’s likely there is something amazing hiding just below the surface or under a rock.
Kerry has one of the longest coastlines in Ireland and offers the possibility of finding something incredible. We just need to take the time to look. Our waters are teeming with creatures from elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and seals. Sharks such as basking sharks and blue sharks can be seen from headlands, on boats or even by a lucky scuba diver. You might also spot one of the 25 species of whale and dolphin that can be found around our coast. Minke, fin and humpback whales are more common whale species to be seen here. Seeing their distinctive blow, fin and tail flukes or witnessing a breach of one of these magnificent leviathans is thrilling.
Ireland’s waters are also home to harbour porpoises as well as common and bottlenose dolphins, whose playful antics around boats are a delight to behold, especially when they bow ride a boat for a close up encounter or leap clear out of the water.
Closer to shore, rock pools hold a vast array of sea life that is quite easily accessible if you know where to look. From crabs hiding in the seaweed to sea stars clinging under rocks, the intertidal zone is an extreme environment in which these animals live in the ebb and flow of the tide. It is an important home for animals such as sea snails, clams, fish, and anemones. Additionally, the rock pools and nearby seagrass and seaweed beds act as nurseries, providing protection for juvenile animals such as crabs, lobsters, prawns and fish.
There is an abundance of ocean creatures in Irish waters; the sea is incredibly exciting and there is so much to learn. It is easy to find out more about this mysterious world along our coast. Peer into a rock pool, gaze off of a headland, explore the depths by snorkeling or diving, or visit a marine awareness centre like multi award winning Sea Synergy in Waterville where you can discover what lies beneath the Wild Atlantic Way through an interactive sea life exhibit, Seashore Safaris every Fri & Sat, snorkel trips and lots more.
Sea Synergy’s Marine Creature Feature, funded by Kerry County Council and Local Agenda 21 returned this summer on Sunday 2nd July and will travel to Blue Flag Beaches around Kerry with an interactive sea life exhibit, including live animals. Our marine biologists will tell you many things about the biodiversity of Ireland’s shores.
Dates for the Marine Creature Feature are as follows: Ballinskelligs 02/07/17 @ 11:30am, Derrynane 02/07/17 @ 3pm, Ballyheigue 09/07/17 @11:30am, Ballybunion North Beach 09/07/17 @ 3pm, Maherabeg 13/07/17 @ 11:30, Ventry 13/07/17 @ 3pm, Rossbeigh 16/07/17 @ 11:30am, Inch 16/07/17 @ 3pm, Whitestrand 17/07/17 @ 11:30am, Kells 17/07/17 @ 3pm, Fenit 18/07/17 @ 11:30am, Banna 18/07/17 @ 3pm.