Underwater Scilly

From rocky reefs encrusted with delicate and colourful invertebrates to golden green seagrass meadows on white sand, the marine life of the Isles of Scilly is unrivalled in vibrancy, diversity and health.

 

The seas around Scilly are clean and clear, and beneath the water (amongst hundreds of shipwrecks) lie bright gardens of jewel anemones, sponges, corals and sea fans, kelp forests and prairies of sea grass.

The seas are home to a huge range of creatures: Grey seals, Dolphins and Porpoises, Basking sharks and even more exotic visitors like Ocean sunfish and Leatherback turtles.

 

Wreck of the 'Cita' ,Tim Allsop

 

The marine environment worldwide is under constant and growing threat, and Scilly is no exception. The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust works closely with the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to deal with massive quantities of floating plastic, rope and other debris swept in from the Atlantic.