With Ireland's marine territory ten times the size of its land area, the waters surrounding Ireland are highly productive and provide a habitat for hundreds of species of invertebrates and fish, 35 species of sharks, as well as 24 species of whales and dolphins.

Scientists survey our marine habitats to enable us to better understand Ireland's marine territory so that we can protect and monitor our marine biodiversity.

The SmartBay Observatory in Galway Bay is the only underwater cabled observatory in the country, providing scientists with real-time data. The video camera has recorded a variety of fish, including seals and an octopus!

Check out this cameo from a local seal, or ron beag in Irish...

 

This octopus also swam by the camera to say hello!

 

Baby shark doo doo doo doo...

In 2018 team of marine scientists have discovered a very rare shark nursery, 200 miles west of Ireland while investigating Ireland's deep ocean territory.

Have a look at it here...

 

Download this to see what other animals live in the deepest parts of the ocean...

And finally have a look at who eats who in the ocean....

This is all part of Oceans of Learning with thanks to The Marine Institute.