Whitsand and Looe Bay

Site overview: This inshore site is located off the south coast of Cornwall, following the coast from Hore Stone near Talland Bay in the west, to a point between Queener Point and Long Cove on Rame Head in the east. The site covers an area of 52 km2 and is 25 meters deep at the deepest point. This site supports a large diversity of seaweeds and invertebrates. The ocean quahog, a type of clam which can live for up to 400 years, lives here. Within the shallower part of the site, the seagrass beds are likely to provide a nursery ground for the cuttlefish. Further out to sea, there are shipwrecks and small areas of subtidal rocky reef that support pink sea-fans and rare sea-fan anemones.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Marine Conservation Zone
MPA Purpose
to protect nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology


50° 20' 39" North,
4° 20' 38" West

Surface Area

52.18 km2
(20.15 mi.2 )


56.18 km
(34.91 mi.)

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