Recording Marine Life


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Records of Alcyonium digitatum

Number seen/Abundance Date Location Comments Recorded by
P 2003-08-11
Wreck of the "Canton" aprox half a mile south of Fowey harbour mouth.
50+ mostly growing on plates upon the wreck Chris Bunney
2 2003-09-20
Menai straits under Menai Bridge
On rock outcrops at 10 metres Ken Byrne
Common 2005-06-18
Hat rock, up to 37 meters deep, underwater visibility 9 meters.
Common on rock surfaces. Polyps open. White and yellow/orange colour forms. Sonia Rowley
Common 2005-06-18
Hellopes wreck in Penzance bay, 36 meters deep, underwater visibility 12 meters, afternoon dive. Little water running. SE 4 wind. Water temperature 14 C
On wreckage. Sonia Rowley
Common 2005-06-19
Wreck of the King Cadwallan, Scilly Isles, on the Hard Lewis Rocks. 36 meters deep, underwater visibility 8-9 meters, slight current. SE 5.
Common on wreckage and rocks. Sonia Rowley
Common 2005-06-19
Wreck of the Italia off St. Agnes, Scilly Isles. 39 meters deep, underwater visibility >12 meters, water temperature 13 degrees. No water speed and weather calm with variable 1!! Afternoon dive. Wreck broken up on rocks.
Common on wreckage especially around swim throughs. Sonia Rowley
Common 2005-06-20
Wreck of the Cita, Scilly Isles. 35 meters deep, under water visibility 18 meters, water temperature 12 degrees. Weather excellent, no wind and no water current. Wreckage in amongst jewel anemone encrusted rocks. Morning dive.
On upper parts of wreckage, but also on surrounding deeper areas of rocks and much larger individuals ~12 cm high. Mainly white forms. Sonia Rowley
Abundant 2006-02-05
James Eagan Layne wreck.
Covering outside of wreck Faye Wood
occasional 2007-09-28
Oxwich Bay, right hand side on and around rocks leading to Oxwich point, Gower
under a few large overhangs Judith Oakley
1 2007-10-26 Tunnels beach, Ilfracombe
Tunnels Beach, Ilfracombe
On rock wall at lowest tide Paula Ferris
1 2007-12-27 Oxwich Point
Oxwich Point, Gower
small specimen under overhang Judith Oakley
DD/MM/YYYY Bigbury Bay
Persier wreck, Bigbury Bay, Devon
Trish Carter
Abundant 2009-06-27 Torquay Marina
All species found on the pontoon floats of Torquay Marina
Patchy distribution, only visible in shade under walkways Holly Latham
Common 2009-07-18 Eastbourne, below Pinnacle
Mainly soft bedrock with pools and some pebble and sandy areas. Storms previous day and persistant strong wind. Some unidentified hydroids (?Obelia) also found 2 metre low tide so water level fairly high
Large chunks, some >20 cm long washed up on shore Nigel Sawyer
100+ 2009-12-12 Farne Islands
Rocky islands 20 minutes by boat from Seahouses, Northumberland. Small islands 5 minutes north west of the largest Island
On rocks from 6-16m Lauren Burghes
2 colonies (20+ in larger colony) 20/03/2011 Firemore Beach
On rocks forming NW edge of Eilean Tioram
Growing vertically downwards from overhanging rock exposed only at spring low tides Jackie Wilson
not common, seen only in a colony on a single large rock of many 08/04/2011 Redgate Beach, Babbacombe, Torquay, UK
Rocky shore, South East facing beach
Abby McMillan
50 28/04/2011 Penmon
Rocky outcrops and pebbly shores at Penmon point. Lots of deep rockpools etc.
hanging under large rocks at shores edge at low tide- finger length Emma Hill
2 30/07/2011 Eyemouth Beach
Low tide - very - At water mark on beach in rock pool
Rock Pool - Approx. 50cm deep. Not attached. 1 on sand at water mark. Tide low. Bain Simon