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.
Marine Life seen from Kayaks on the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Marine life in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Sea life by kayak. Where can you see marine life? Here at Kayak-king: Seals, guillemots, Razorbills and much more.
Anemones: 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. <br /><br />This is a short and squat anemone with a smooth column. <br /><br />The anemone has up to 100 tentacles, each ending in a small knob. Corynactis viridis is brilliantly coloured and can be green, pink, red, orange or white in various combinations. Usually the disc, tentacles and tentacle tips are contrasting colours.[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_lobster-2.jpg]2860Lobster catching from a kayak in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
We regularly pick up our pots and look at the lobsters. To many, it may seem that the lobster’s most natural habitat is on a large, oval plate between a cup of drawn butter and a lemon wedge.<br /><br />Lobsters are ten-legged crustaceans closely related to shrimp and crabs. These benthic, or bottom-dwelling, creatures are found in all of the world’s oceans, as well as brackish environments and even freshwater. They 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.[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp4561.jpg]2640Moon jellyfish spotted by Kayak in Fishguard Bay, Pembrokeshire.
In Pembrokeshire the moon jellyfish often arrive in their thousands swarming our coastline but luckily for us they are harmless and really great to look at.<br /><br />Stunning close up moon jellyfish picture. These ones don't sting! <br /><br />Moon Jellyfish offers several subspecies. It is really impossible to tell them apart without taking samples of their DNA. They look too much alike in terms of their physical appearance, however, they have no sexual reproduction organs that determine this. <br /><br />Before DNA profiling was established all of the subspecies of the Moon Jellyfish were lumped into one category. <br /><br />There are four horseshoe shaped gonads that are found at the top of the bell for the Moon Jellyfish. Their body is white in color and round which gives it the moon shape. That is where their name derives from. They are very transparent too so when the sun or the moon is shining on them they look just like the moon does all lit up. They have very short tentacles in terms of what other species of Jellyfish offer.<br />When fully grown a Moon Jellyfish is typically from 25 to 40 centimeters wide. Due to the round look of them they are often referred to as the Saucer Jelly. They may have stripes or spots when they are younger around the middle of the bell area.<br />They have a centralized censoring system in their body that allows them to find prey. They don't have a brain and only about 5% of their body is made up of anything solid.<br />[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp4162.jpg]2700Seal touching a kayak
This seal rubs noses with a kayak.<br />www.kayak-king.com[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp1366.jpg]2120Snakelock Sea anemone
Anemones: 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.[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp3498.jpg]2030Strawberry Anemone underwater
Underwater picture of a strawberry anemone.<br />www.kayak-king.com[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp2258.jpg]1620Barnacles
A close up of Barnacles on the Pembrokeshire coast.<br />www.kayak-king.com[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp4022.jpg]1580Sea Anemone (snake lock)
close up of a Sea Anemone underwater<br />www.kayak-king.com[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp0136.jpg]1930Goose Banacles
Close up of a group of goose barnacles on the pembrokeshire coast.<br />www.Kayak-King.com[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_lobster-1.jpg]2190Pembrokeshire Lobsters in kayak-King's lobster pots.
Lobsters being caught from a kayak in Pembrokeshire, Wales.<br /><br />When you think of lobster, do you think of a bright red crustacean on your dinner plate, or a territorial creature roaming caves in the ocean? <br /><br />Despite their fame as a delicacy, lobsters also have fascinating lives. Learn more about this iconic marine creature here.<br /><br />Lobsters are part of the extremely diverse group of marine invertebrates, animals without a notochord. Like many invertebrates, lobsters protect themselves with their hard exoskeleton.[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp0086.jpg]1570Tiny Starfish
Star fish in Pembrokeshire. Look at the tiny starfish. Got to have a keen eye to find these little fella's![img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp3501.jpg]1380Cheeky starfish
A little starfish chilling on a rock. Will you find the lesser spotted choc version?[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp0112.jpg]1640Atlantic Grey Seal pup on Newgale beach in Pembrokeshire.
Atlantic Grey Seal pup on Newgale beach. The marking (OKAY) was placed there by our local grey seal experts. It means he is just fine and to be left alone. <br /><br />“Nothing can ever prepare you for your first surfing encounter with a seal – a mixture of fear and delight, as these curious creatures will often swim incredibly close to you when kayaking.”[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp4579.jpg]1500Can you see the crabs?
Distant crabs deep underwater, See the clarity of Pembrokeshire's water. (this isn't even as clear as the water gets)[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp4616.jpg]1600Beadlet Anemone
A closed Beadlet Anemone. Keeping his moisture in until the next high tide.[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp4619.jpg]1460Tiny Crab.
Hunt down the tiny crabs at kayak king in Pembrokeshire![img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp4625.jpg]1240Lobster in Fishguard
Where do all the blue lobsters go?? In my Tummy![img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp4626.jpg]1210Lobster
Lobsters in kayak-King's lobster pots. We regularly pick up our pots and look at the lobsters.[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp5737.jpg]1350Chiton
One of the oldest creatures on earth. Can you find one?[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp5912.jpg]1290Shag (no really that's what it's called) 🙂
Amazing underwater diving bird can stay underwater for several minutes.[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp5989.jpg]1040Seagulls
Just chilling![img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp7073.jpg]1210Star fish
That is a hand behind. He was a small starfish.[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp7083.jpg]920Snakelock Sea anemone
Underwater photography of anemone. These sting their prey and tickle your finger![img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp8083.jpg]920Rare nesting birds.
Razor bills, Guillemots and other rare birds can be spotted on our Tours.[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp8108.jpg]1120Seals playing on the beach.
These seals came and joined us for lunch. Just one of the great things to see and do on a remote beach.[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp8133.jpg]1030Razor bill
Where does this famous bird appear in Pembrokeshire?? Why Fishguard of course!<br />see them at Kayak-King...www.Kayak-King.com[img src=http://kayak-king.com/wp-content/gallery/sea_life/thumbs/thumbs_imgp3450.jpg]1160Gary the snail
Not strictly found on the Pembrokeshire coast but funny none the less.<br />www.kayak-king.com
Atlantic Grey Seals
Seals are spotted regularly on our kayak tours!
The Pembrokeshire 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!”
“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. 🙂