​Sea Creatures

​Sea Creatures

Four types of marine animals are especially significant in The Living Coast, as found in our Marine Conservation Zone :

Short-snouted Seahorses (above) - a rare type of fish, with excellent eyesight but lacking teeth; unusually it is the male that has the babies!

Blue Mussel beds- found densely packed on the ridges of the chalk reef; threatened on the south coast

Native Oysters - also occurs on the chalk reef; all start life as males and then vary sex over their llifetime

Flat Fish - incl. sole, plaice, turbot, brill, & dab, for which the MCZ is a key nursery and spawning ground