Marine life in Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire’s unspoilt coast, waterways and countryside are a wildlife watcher’s haven, attracting vast colonies of sea birds, seals, puffins and otters, to name a few.
The Pembrokeshire coast is a Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) designation recognizes that the area is one of the best in Europe for its marine wildlife. The Pembrokeshire Marine site is particularly diverse, with eight Habitats Directive Annex I habitat types and seven Annex II species; almost the longest list of any marine SAC in the UK. Our kayak guides, with years of experience, are well acquainted with the Pembrokeshire marine life and the local history of the Fishguard coast; knowledge which they are eager to share with you on one of our kayaking tours.
Atlantic Grey Seals
Seals are spotted regularly on our kayak tours!
coast has a 5,000 strong colony of these beautiful, inquisitive and friendly creatures. It is one of the world’s rarest seals and may grow up to seven feet in length. On average, a female may live until 35, ten years longer than male grey seals.
Did you know? Atlantic grey seals have been known to dive to depths of 300m and stay underwater for up to 20 minutes… “Amazing!”
Read more about the Seals – Here.
“Nothing can ever prepare you for your first kayaking encounter with an Atlantic grey seal.
A mixture of fear and delight, as these curious creatures will often swim incredibly close to you.”
Can be viewed from our very own lobster pots! (certain times of year)
Lobsters are ten-legged crustaceans closely related to shrimp and crabs. These benthic, or bottom-dwelling, creatures, have poor eyesight but highly developed senses of taste and smell.
They feed primarily on fish and mollusks, but will consume algae and other plant life and even other lobsters.
Female lobsters carry their eggs under their abdomens for up to a year before releasing them as larvae into the water. The larvae go through several stages in the water column before settling on the bottom, where they spend the rest of their lives.
They generally prefer to live in self-dug burrows, in rocky crevices, or hidden among sea grasses. Lobsters must shed their shells in order to grow, and some species can live to be 50 years old or more, growing continually throughout their lives.
Viewed on the Pembrokeshire coast regularly on our tours.
Plumply built, penguin-like bird! The razorbill is well-named because the edges of its hooked upper beak are very sharp indeed, enabling it to grasp fish well and to defend itself against predators.
A Razorbill takes off from the water rather clumsily, feet pattering along the surface, but then it flies strongly with rapid wing-beats.
During the late summer, the birds moult all their flight feathers at the same time, making them unable to fly for a while.
Poke around in the seaweeds next to your kayak and you’ll be surprised what you find!
These are beautiful marine animals with wavy tentacles, and resemble underwater flowers.
They are usually brightly coloured, adopting shades of white, green, blue, orange, red or mauve, often contributing to the spectacular walls of invertebrates populating reefs.
Species such as the bulb-tentacled sea anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) and magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) form homes for beautiful anemonefish or clownfish, which shelter from predators in the anemone’s stinging cells.
Certain species of sea anemones are thought to be able to survive for 100 years or more.
“Atlantic Grey seals and the rare birds are some of the area’s most popular animals but when they are not present our guides will help you spot the less obvious, but just as interesting, limpets, barnacles, spider crabs and anemones.”
Not strictly marine life but a sea dweller nonetheless.
Sea kayak guides are a rare breed of human often found on the sea with salt dried to their skin.
They eat fresh fish, crab and lobster but when times are hard will settle for anything.
🙂 Can live to a hundred years or more thanks to the fresh air and enjoyable lifestyle. 🙂
“We have extensive knowledge about the marine life around the Pembrokeshire coast,
we would love to share it with you!”