Cornwall Living 2016

Beneath The Waves

Open a window into another world to discover the beautiful marine wildlife found off our shores.

Every year, thousands of visitors from around the world flock to the Cornish coast, drawn to the beautiful blue waters. If you’re lucky you might spot a few of them: seals, dolphins, whales, basking sharks and blue sharks among other wonderful creatures. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge to experience life beneath the waves, then Cornwall really is the place to do it. We have it all – a seabed truly teaming with life, with a unique opportunity to explore the awe-inspiring wildlife, shipwrecks and reefs off our shores.

A good place to start is with Charles Hood, a respected underwater photographer, who runs shark and sealife safaris off the coast of Penzance. A keen and well-travelled diver, he knows these waters and their inhabitants arguably better than anyone. “When living in Kuwait as a child, I snorkelled whenever I could and even borrowed a scuba set, teaching myself to dive in the process”, he explains. “Later I joined the student sub aqua club and spent far too many hours diving instead of studying… I bought my first underwater camera (a Nikonos III) and wangled
myself onto many expeditions as the underwater photographer.”

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