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2018 - Coastwatch

Habitat: The Open Sea

Ireland is surrounded by a sea that is rich in marine life. This open sea habitat pushes against the land to include inlets and bays (Dublin Bay),

straits and sounds (Cork Harbour) and estuaries (Malahide or Blackwater). The open seas around Ireland contains about 55 species of marine mammals (such as dolphins, seals and whales) and many marine birds as well as innumerable fish and invertebrates such as jelly fish.

The sea habitat is under threat from over fishing and pollution. Managed well it can provide a place to live for these plants and animals, act as a source of energy (wind and wave) and provide us with food.