Rare species uncovered

| January 4, 2012

A series of 15 marine surveys in 2011, covering over 2,000 square miles, have uncovered rare species and increased the knowledge of the biodiversity of Scotland’s seas.

Off the west coast, very rare Fan Mussels were found - at up to 48 cm long, this is Scotland’s largest sea shell; In the waters off Tankerness in Orkney, the prehistoric ‘faceless and brainless fish’ Amphioxus was uncovered (more info here); the largest Horse Mussel bed in Scotland was revealed in waters near Noss Head, Caithness and other finds included Flame Shell beds in Loch Linnhe and new communities of Northern Feather Star off the Sound of Canna.

In a press release, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:”In an age where the lands of the world have been mapped out and recorded, it’s amazing how many discoveries are waiting to be found under the waves.

“The waters around Scotland are rich in such fascinating biodiversity and it’s our responsibility to protect this fragile environment. That’s why we have ramped up our marine survey work, with plans being prepared for new surveys in 2012 to further our knowledge of what lies beneath Scotland’s seas.”

Hopefully this means the government will have learnt from the past and actually do something to prevent their destruction.

Category: Scottish Government News

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