Dive into Ireland's vast marine world with Silky! We are visited by sea creatures and sea-stories from across the mighty Atlantic, Celtic, and Irish Seas - this salt-water home is over ten times larger than the land.

Out at sea the winds can be strong, and the weather can change quickly, painting the cold seas in so many shades of blue, grey and green. Whales dive into the deepest canyons, but breathe the same air as you on the surface. You will meet shapeshifting octopus, stealthy eels, sparkly plankton, beautiful jellyfish and cute anemones! This marine home is a collage of underwater habitats, like cities - connected to one another, and every creature plays a part in the ocean's incredible story.

Jelly Fish
Two turtles swimming

Sea turtles

Leatherback sea turtles are incredible marine creatures and the largest of all sea turtle species on our planet! These gentle giants can weigh as much as a small car! Unlike other sea turtles, leatherbacks have a unique, leathery shell instead of a hard one, which makes them more flexible and able to dive to incredible great depths in search of their favorite food—jellyfish. Female leatherbacks come ashore to lay their eggs. These turtles are found in oceans across the world and travel thousands of miles through their lifetime.

Moon jellies

These alien-like creatures have a translucent, moonlike bell with short tentacles that help them catch their food. With their saucer-like body that can sometimes reach up to 30cm across! Watch out for their tentacles armed with stinging cells as they use them like a net to catch small prey, but these arent painful for humans. They are found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, they are the most common jellyfish in Irish waters. They have colorful body parts,pink, blue and sometime yellow. When they are ready to reproduce, the female jellyfish carry their fertilized eggs in special brood pouches in the oral arms.

Atlantic herring

These little silvery fish live in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean and hang out in big shoals and are always on the move, like ocean explorers. They're like the snacks of the sea, playing a big role as food for many whales, seals, and even seabirds. What makes them extra special is the stripe on their side which is actually a sensory superpower and a tail that looks like a fork. They used to be one of the most important catch for our fishing industry, helping people make a living, but are now fewer and fewer.

A pink starfish

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Puffin Rock Habitats

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