The Gun Rocks site lies in an area where there can be big swells and strong currents, as a result the area is full of life. Above the water level, grey seals can often be seen loafing on the rocks at low tide, but it is underwater where the real variety of life is located. The images below are not intended to form a comprehensive identification guide to Gun Rocks, but to wet the appetite of those who may be more into “fish and flowers” than rust and cannon.

The featured image on the header of this page is of an curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) one of which lives under a rock close to the cannon on Gun Rocks.

Phylum Mollusca – Sea shells, snails and slugs, but also includes clams:

Phylum Crustacea – crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside.

Phylum Echinodermata – critters with spiny skin

Phylum Cnidaria – things that sting!

Sub-phylum Pisces  – Fish