Uk Diving » Skomer Urchin Survey June 07

The Skomer Urchin survey was our first attempt at a practical survey and the discipline of covering the same terrain several times was great for doing a really thorough search for wildlife - though we didn't find many urchins! Previous visits to Pembrokeshire have suffered awful vis so we were thrilled to be able to see where we were going. Many thanks to Kate Lock and the Marie Nature Reserve team for organising the event.

A pair of Crimora papillata getting it on on the bryozoan...
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More of the same
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Our mission was to find and measure urchins within the...
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The closer you look at urchins the better they get, even...
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A pair of Tritonia lineata slugs feeding on bryozoans
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Devonshire cup corals are some of our favourite animals -...
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Another Crimora papillata
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Another Devonshire cup coral
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This slug is harder to see, we think it's a Facelina...
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In this view its clearer that its a Facelina annulicornis
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Some unidentifed nudibranch eggs on Nemertesia antennina...
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The candy striped flatworms - Prostheceraeus vittatus -...
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There's no sign of damage so perhaps its the smell?
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Devonshire cup corals again - Caryophyllia smithii
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An orange clubbed sea slug - Limacia clavigera - on a...
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Unknown squirt - we think it's Archidistoma productum...
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A cooperative common dragonet - Callionymus lyra - posed...
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Nerd mode - I'm really pleased with macro lens on my new...
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The cutely named tiny fried egg sea slug - Diaphorodoris...
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This picture shows the spikes on its back better
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More picturesque cup corals
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Lightbulb tunicates generally grow in clumps
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Its quite unusual to get a good view of a solitary...
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The sharp end (face) of a spiny spider crab - Maja squinado
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This cup coral seems to be glowing from the inside -...
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This poor picture is of a sandmason worm - Lanice...
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The edge of a king scallop - Pecten maximus - feeding...
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A pair of dirty sponge spider crabs - Inachus spp. - just...
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Crabs usually adopt the boy on top position whilst they...
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An orange clubbed sea slug about to pounce on some sea...
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The spiny starfish - Marthasterias glacialis - much...
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Barnacles feeding with their modified rear legs
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The upper kelp was popular with these Facelina auriculata...
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They are probably hunting for bryozoans
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This is not a great picture but we left it in as we were...
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Almost ready for a tropical fish tank. Next time we see...
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