Darwin200 day 8: Rathlin Island

Busy day ashore and below water.

Rohan and Kerry brought specimen from the kelp forest in the bay. What they explain to us makes me think that I missed a lot while snorkeling with Thomas today.

Nudibranch and cushion star, blue ray limpets and kelp colonised by bryozoans and sea squirts, kelp roots inhabited by crabs and mollusks.

The impressive diversity gets more intriguing with time and finer detail: hydroids that look like jellyfish on sticks (I call them lollypop jellyfish) and hydroids that colonise the kelp and live in colonies connected by stolons. And there was even a sea spider in the sample.

On land we went south and watched seabirds, cleaned a beach of plastic debris and watched seals playing in the water and on the rocks.

It was particularly touching to sea a female with a pup …

Check out the Darwin 200 website for the film and stills when they are processed.

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