Ireland has over 3,000 km of coastline and yet we have relatively few records of our marine species.
Explore Your Shore is a Citizen Science project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency focused on increasing our knowledge of our intertidal species, finding out what they tell us about water quality and climate change, and highlighting actions we can all take to help our marine environment.
1.is the term we use to describe every single living thing in our ocean from bacteria to a blue whale (which is the biggest animal EVER to live on earth!).
2.have been seen feeding on tiny shrimp called krill in the Porcupine Seabight off the southwest coast of Ireland and they migrate along our west coast every Autumn and Winter.
3.you take is thanks to our Ocean. Scientists have calculated that marine algae – including seaweeds and phytoplankton - have produced 50-80% of the world's oxygen!
4., a shellfish that lives off the Irish coast, is the world’s longest-lived animal, with one individual known as ‘Ming’ calculated to have lived for 507 years!
5.are the second biggest shark in the world and live in Irish waters! They live entirely on tiny marine creatures which they filter out of the water using rakes on their gills!
6.are seabirds that rear their chicks on islands off the Irish coast, however, they spend their winters off the coast of Argentina… that’s a round journey of 20,000 km each year!
7.which are found at depths of up to 1km below the ocean surface to the west of Ireland and are home to an amazing diversity of creatures.
8.is the largest sea turtle on the entire earth and this amazing creature visits Irish waters each summer to feed on jellyfish!
You can take part in our Explore Your Shore surveys and help us find out more about Ireland’s marine biodiversity. Find out more at www.exploreyourshore.ie.