Leanne has a PhD in the effects of climate change on seaweed and is a keen diver with a strong sensory connection to the ocean.
I love seaweed. It’s beautiful to look at. I think the difference between being at the sea and being in the woods and mountains is it feels fresher and cleaner, you have that sea breeze, and I love the salty, fishy smell as well.
Falmouth was one of the first sites that I went to for my research and being out on the boat and having the divers go down and the videos that they recorded of the beds is one of my favourite times. I saw coralline algae, and I didn’t really know about it before this project. So it was amazing to see a completely different type of seaweed that I’d never seen before.
I love when you float in the sea and you’ve got your ears underwater – it’s that muffled sound that’s really calm and peaceful. I like to swim in the sea. I like to have my feet in the water, just feel part of it. After spending a day at the sea I feel very relaxed and very calm, and you just feel really good about yourself. You feel a little bit cleaner, a little bit fresher, like you’ve had some fresh air.
I’ve learnt how to dive and I go snorkelling, and you get to experience a whole different world that you wouldn’t be able to see if you weren’t in the sea. The underwater world is just a completely different experience and it’s great. You’re kind of floating, you don’t feel heavy, you just feel relaxed and light. It’s very hard to explain.