Spot spectacular sun fish and more at trust's Cape Cornwall 'sea watch' event

Weird and wonderful Sunfish photo by Richard Morton

Weird and wonderful Sunfish photo by Richard Morton

First published in News

Cornwall Wildlife Trust is inviting everyone to come and help spot the spectacular marine life in the sea off Cornwall's coast at a Cape Cornwall 'sea watch' event.

In recent weeks, Cornwall Wildlife Trust marine officers have been inundated with reports of huge barrel jellyfish being sighted off our coast, but these wobbly giants are just the tip of the iceberg. And to celebrate the huge variety of wonderful marine life, from rare inshore bottlenose dolphins to the enormous fin whale and the weird and wonderful sun fish, Cornwall Wildlife Trust is organising a Seaquest Southwest Sea Watch.

The event will be at Cape Cornwall, beside the National Coastwatch Station, on Sunday, August 3 between 10am and 1pm.

Tom Horton, volunteer Seaquest Southwest officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust said: "These sea watches are the perfect opportunity for people who have always wanted to know more about our Cornish marine life to come and meet the experts and learn about the animals that live around or visit our coastline.

"It is inspirational event for people of all ages to realise how special our sea is, and in turn we hope that it will encourage them to get involved in Seaquest Southwest and send in their marine sightings to Cornwall Wildlife Trust’.

The Seaquest Southwest project is a marine education and recording project that has been running for over ten years. It collects sightings of all marine creatures from the public and trained volunteers, enabling the Trust to gain and better understanding of marine life in Cornwall. The data gathered is shared and used by marine conservation decision makers and researchers, both regionally and nationally, for the better management of our seas.

Abby Crosby, marine conservation officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust added: "You do not have to be a trained marine biologist to spot much of our large, enigmatic marine life. Anyone can tell us when they see basking sharks, dolphins, turtles or sun fish and get involved in Seaquest Southwest. The public sea watch is the perfect opportunity for people to take that next step from reading about marine life and being interested, in getting out there and start recording it."

For more information about Seaquest Southwest visit www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/seaquest.

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