|Day grab in action (Neil Golding/JNCC)
|Camera sledge deployment (Neil Golding/JNCC)
|Virgularia mirabilis and Pennatula phosphorea (JNCC/Cefas)
The tall seapen (Funiculina quadrangularis) is a feature of interest in the Fladen area. A rarer find in the offshore environment than on the sheltered west coast of Scotland, it’s associated with burrowed mud habitat and can grow up to 2 m tall. After only a few decent sledge camera transects, we have so far seen lots of Virgularia mirabilis (above) and Pennnatula phoshorea (above and below) but Funiculina remains to be seen.
|Pennatula phosphorea and the hermit crab Pagurus sp. (JNCC/Cefas)
|Bolocera tuediae surrounded by what could be Spirontocaris llijeborgii. (JNCC/Cefas)
|Bed of Echinus acutus. (JNCC/Cefas)