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Torbay's Marine World is a hidden jewel. At Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust we are trying to unlock the box to reveal this great jewel. The Bay has 16 marine sites of national importance, including Saltern Cove, designated an underwater Local Nature Reserve and the only local underwater Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The underwater sites in the Bay range from eel grass beds to fantastic limestone rock gullies and these habitats host many species, ranging from cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis), jewel anemones (Corynactis viridis), honeycombe worms (Sabellaria alveolata) and the Devonshire cup corals (Caryophyllia amithii). One of the most important discoveries was finding both species of seahorses (Hippocampus hippocampus and Hippocampus guttulatus) in the Bay.

Through work by volunteers and by Trust staff, our records are increasing every day and we are slowly starting to understand the marine environment of our Bay as well as the complexities of its conservation

The Trust is working in partnership with many other conservation bodies and local groups to produce a Biodiversity Action Plan for Torbay's marine wildlife.

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