Habitats - Sea
The sea round Arran reaches depths of up to 120m(400ft). The effect of the North Atlantic Drift means that the water temperature is slightly warmer than you would expect for this latitude and ranges from about 6C in winter to 15C in summer.
Man has overexploited and damaged the sea and seabed over the years. Through the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (C.O.A.S.T), Arran is playing a leading role in attempting to begin to rectify the situation and is proudly home to the first No Take Zone in Scotland, in Lamlash Bay. Picture- Lamlash Bay NTZ area
The sea is intrinsically linked with much of the wildlife you can see. Seals and Otters can be seen round the coast all year while many birds spend the majority of their time in close proximity to the sea. Late summer is the best time to see Basking Sharks while Bottlenosed Dolphins can appear at any time of the year.
On stormy days the sight of a foaming sea and breaking waves reminds us how powerful it can be whilst on other occasions it can be like a mirror and provide stunning reflections of the sky as the sun rises and sets.