Wyville Thomson Ridge SAC
This site gets its name from a rock ridge situated in the Atlantic Ocean at the northern end of the Rockall Trough. It is approximately 20km wide and 70km long. It is thought to have been formed by the ploughing movement of icebergs through the seabed at the end of the last ice age. Sponges, cup and soft corals, featherstars, brittlestars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and sea spiders all live here.
MPA TypeSpecial Area of Conservation
Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under European legislation. They contribute both to the UK MPA network and set up to protect habitat types and species considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level (excluding birds).
Designation date1 August 2010
Surface Area1,740.63 km2 (672.06 mi.2)
Perimeter211.73 km (131.56 mi.)
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