Our Beautiful World

Beautiful world

Welcome to our Beautiful World!

The world around us is a gift from God – Look after our world!

Summer is on the way (hooray!) and so you will probably be visiting a beach soon….

Barley-Cove

 

This is Barleycove beach in County Cork. What a beautiful beach!

Beaches are great for playing in the sand, swimming and picnics.

When you go to a beach what kind of wildlife can you see? As well as sand and rock pools there is the sea!

Have a look at this video to see the amazing life going on under the Irish sea.

A great place to explore our beautiful world at the beach is to look at The Wildlife Trusts – Irish Sea page –  Irish Sea explorer

Another amazing creature that lives in the sea around Ireland in the summer time is the SHARK!

This picture was taken only a few weeks ago – there were 20 sharks seen feeding close to cliffs in County Clare.

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These are Basking sharks, the world’s second largest shark. The photos were taken by Conservationist Andrew Power.

They are the second largest fish on earth but they don’t eat people, (phew!) they eat plankton (a mixture of very tiny plants and animals) that live in the sea water.

You can find out much more about Basking sharks on this page.

Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus)

Some more of the creatures that you might find by looking in rock pools are starfishcommon_starfish

and a tiny fish that lives in rock pools called the Red Blenny.

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There is so much to explore in our beautiful world.

Remember, look at the seashore animals but don’t touch and frighten them.

And always, always stay close to your parents and family at the beach.

Practice the Seashore Code:

  • Leave animals where you find them.
  • Take care when touching soft-bodied animals (they are very delicate).
  • Carefully lift and replace any rocks you may have moved – there are animals underneath which need them for shelter.
  • Leave attached seaweed in place – there is plenty lying loose on the strand line.
  • Take your rubbish home – burying it is no solution! Beach rubbish doesn’t look very nice! and it can be dangerous to sea animals.
  • Keep your dog from fouling the beach.

And have a great time at the beach, enjoying our beautiful world!