Cornwall is home to many marine habitats from rocky shores to kelp forests and eel grass meadows. Our seas are home to basking sharks (the world’s second biggest fish), charismatic bottlenose dolphins, majestic leatherback turtles, globally rare iconic grey seals and awe inspiring seabirds, including the much loved puffin!
If you are lucky you may get a sighting these amazing creatures somewhere around the coast, but when can they be seen?
Sadly this marine life is under threat from numerous pressures such as climate change, marine development and ever increasing levels of coastal recreation that is enjoyed by all of us. The unintentional and cumulative effects that we have on our wildlife can be devastating, from seals being flushed off rocks or beaches to appalling injuries and deaths from boat strikes and propellers.
Please help us - together we can make a difference by:
- keeping a respectful distance from any marine life, remaining quiet and aiming to leave all marine creatures as we find them - relaxed and behaving naturally;
- if possible using a WiSe accredited marine wildlife operator;
- reporting any disturbance of marine life to Cornwall Wildlife’s 24 hour hotline 0345 201 2626.
For more information visit:
Telephone: 0345 201 2626