A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Humpback Whale (species profile)

Humpback Whale breachingYou never know – you may, with a large pinch of luck, spot a Humpback Whale off The Lizard’s coastline over the autumn and winter months.
Photo: NAOO

Spiny Starfish (species profile)

Spiny Starfish (photo: Steve Townsend)The spiky Spiny Starfish can grow up to 70 cm but this one, spotted in Mount’s Bay on a kayaking trip, was a more modest 20 cm.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Snakelocks Anemone (species profile)

Snakelocks AnemoneSnakelocks Anemones are mainly found in rockpools at the low tide mark on the shore.
Photo: ©Natural England/Ross Bullimore

Dahlia Anemone (species profile)

Dahlia AnemoneDahlia Anemones are a common rockpool find on the lower shore.
Photo: ©Natural England/F Dipper

Columbus Crab (species profile)

Columbus CrabThis small crab species is an occasional visitor to Cornwall’s shoreline, brought here by storms and strong currents, often in the company of Goose Barnacles. They can sometimes be spotted on The Lizard.
Photo: Terry Thirlaway

Goose Barnacles (species profile)

Goose BarnacleLook out for Goose Barnacles washed up on shore attached to driftwood and other flotsam on the beach, especially after stormy weather.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons (see main article for full attribution)

Compass Jellyfish

Compass JellyfishIt's easy to see how the Compass Jellyfish gets its name.
Photo: Ray Surridge

Basking Shark (species profile)

Basking Shark, photo by Greg Skomal, NOAA Fisheries ServiceThese gentle giants of the seas can be spotted round the Lizard coastline in the summer. Look out for their dorsal and tail fins above the waves.
Photo: Greg Skomal

Common Dolphin (species profile)

Short-beaked Common DolphinWatch out for schools of splashing and leaping Common Dolphins round the Lizard.
Photo: Terry Thirlaway




Barrel Jellyfish

In warm summers, large numbers of Barrel Jellyfish, harmless to humans, can be found in the seas round the Lizard.
Photo: Ray Surridge