The Helford is an incredible expanse of water, that is flooded by sea water every 12 hours. When the tide retracts it reveals the hidden beaches, rock pools and mud flats that are inhabited by an incredible colourful underwater world. Spring is in full swing above the water and below too. Our guide Toby managed to capture some of the activity on our low tide Koru Kayak Adventure today.
Unlike land hares, who can run up to 45 miles per hour, the sea hare on the land is very slow. Sea Hares were named by the Romans because of their rounded body and two long rhinophores that stand up from their heads, like the ears of hares. Sea Hares come inshore to lay their eggs, amongst the seaweed, at this time of year and are the size of a fist. Once underwater they become more agile. They are a mollusc and have a tiny remnant bit of shell on them like a slug does on land.
Thanks Sue Scott at Helford River Conservation Group for her help identifying the species and Tony Sutton for the photo of the sea hare in the water.
Matt Slater from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been out and about on the Helford and spotted some mating sea hares! Sea Horses can be both male and female and will make in chains when mating - It's a chain reaction! - often with the female at the front and male at the back!