Marine Life of the South & South West coast of Ireland

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This section was not written by a marine biologist, but by a scuba diver who has an interest in identifying the critters observed while diving in Ireland mostly along the south coast and south west coast. Scuba Diving in Ireland offers the diver the opportunity to get close to some of the most interesting critters in our seas.

Fish Life

Fish Life

There is an abundance of fish life in the waters off the Cork and Kerry coast of Ireland from the very big to the tiny and all sizes in between. Some like the basking shark and the Mola Mola (Sun Fish) are visitors they frequent the south Ireland coast...
Sea Anemones and Corals

Sea Anemones and Corals

Sea Anemones are flower like animals and are usually found attached to a hard surface. All anemones have stinging cells used to capture pray and for protection. They reproduce by producing eggs which normally develop into new adults via a planktonic...
Marine Mammals

Marine Mammals

In Ireland, there are two groups of mammals that inhabit almost exclusively the marine environment, cetaceans (whale and dolphins) and seals
Crustaceans

Crustaceans

All crustaceans have an exoskeleton made of the protein chitin and calcium. This external shell, in addition to being protective, gives rigid support for the attachment of the muscles. The exoskeleton is made of separate plates connected by thin membranes....

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