I am constantly amazed by the views of Kenmare Bay from Parknasilla Resort and Spa. The hotel marks the mid point along Ireland’s Kenmare River, a ‘Ria’ or drowned river valley. Standing at the pier and looking south towards Rossdohan Island and the Caha mountains beyond, the Atlantic ocean ebbs and flows on a twice daily tide. The area’s ‘Gulf warmed’ underwater life is incredible and varied and is afforded protection within this 500 acre coastal paradise.
Beneath the waters of the resorts many shallow coves, marine environments from mud to sand to Coralline Algae (Maerl) support thriving communities of plants and animals. It is easy to think that nothing exists here but low tide affords us an opportunity to uncover Parknasilla’s hidden undersea world. The pier at Parknasilla is an excellent location and this is where we base our Seashore Rockpool Explorer activity.
A typical 'rockpool explorer' session allows parents and children time to explore and uncover the hidden world of this ‘watery’ world. Fish such as Blenny, Wrasse, Sandeel, Butterfish and flatfish can be found hiding under rocks or within the shallows. Seaweeds including brown and red varieties can be observed. Crustaceans such as Shore and Swimming Crabs, Prawns and Shrimp are easily found and identified. Jellyfish including the Compass, the Common and the Maueve Stinger are frequent visitors to the area. Led by local Vincent Hyland, the stories associated with each animal are fascinating. From what they eat, to how they swim, to how they breathe and how they defend themselves you and your child will learn so much in this enjoyable activity.
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Derrynane Seashore Nature Trail App
If you fancy a day trip to Derrynane (15km west) then the Derrynane Seashore Nature Trail App is a great way to explore this part of the world. Created by Vincent Hyland (Wild Derrynane) the app allows you to explore a 20 stop marked trail set within Derrynane National Historic Park. Here you will discover the amazing story of the Derrynane Sand Dunes, how they were formed and what plants and animals they support. Within the app you can identify many different species from butterflies, to birds, to wildflowers to seashore animals and some of the area’s larger marine wildlife including Basking Sharks, Dolphins and Whales. Video introduces you to amazing underwater world and audio helps you identify bird song. App works on iOS and Android smartphone and tablets. Suitable for all ages including adults and children.