So, has anybody else noticed an increase in sightings of warm water species in Irish waters this year?
1. I love octopus, I think they're really cool, and seeing them is always a highlight of a dive in warmer climes. But I've never seen one in Ireland. I know they've always been here, but in small numbers and not regularly sighted. But this year, I've heard of octopus sightings at Rockabill, Lambay, St. John's Point and Baltimore (I mentioned this on another thread already).
2. Last week in Mallinbeg, Co. Donegal, I saw two huge triggerfish. Once again, I've never seen one in Ireland before, and I thought we didn't get them here. They were easily as big as a Titan Triggerfish, but weren't patterned like a Titan is, they were just a plain silver/grey colour.
3. Today at Greenore, Co. Louth, I saw a Crinoid. A feckin' crinoid, ffs. I've only ever seen them in the Phillipines before.
So, has anyone else any examples?