As the sun set on Wednesday December 23, 2015, the Sustainable Seas Trust team guided a group of 22 adults and 12 children to the water pools at Middle Beach to discover and observe the marine activity at night. The moon was almost full and energy levels were high especially from the children as we were lucky to have found some octopi throughout the night. We also found: chitons, limpets, rockfish, cushion stars, crabs, zooplankton, plum and sandy sea anemone, and turbo snails! It was very exciting to spot all these creatures that are much more difficult to find during the day. Using our spotlights and cameras, and having our biologists on hand to answer any questions and help find species otherwise unknown to the public, it was like playing a game of hide and seek with the marine life on Middle Beach. The most exciting part for many of us was watching the octopi catch and eat entire crabs! There were many smiles and laughs and the children were having so much fun spotting creatures and watching them interact with each other and us. When the night walk was over we were so happy to receive positive feedback of all the fun that everyone had, some having the best night of their Christmas vacation so far. It was certainly the first of many SST night walks to come. Check out the images below to catch a glimpse of some of the marine finds and fun had during the December 23rd night walk.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out and participated! We always appreciate your support and enjoy being able to share our knowledge of the special marine environment we have here in Kenton-on-Sea.