A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Humpback Whale

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

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

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

Dahlia Anemone

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

Columbus Crab

Columbus Crab; By Philippe Boujon - Don de l'auteur, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31287869This 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: Philippe Boujon (see below for full attribution)

Goose Barnacles

Goose BarnacleLook out for Goose Barnacles washed up on shore attached to driftwood and other flotsam, 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

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

Common Dolphin © Natural England / Rebecca WalkerWatch out for schools of splashing and leaping Common Dolphins round The Lizard.
Photo: © Natural England / Rebecca Walker

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