Catshark (Credit Sharon Meadows)
The sand and gravel seabed contains a diversity of animals living within the sediment including catshark.
Thermal water fronts mean this is a productive area with many species benefitting from the abundant food supply.
The Kentish Knock is one of several impressive sandbanks lying relatively far offshore between Kent and Essex, out from the mouth of the River Thames.
The predominantly sand and gravel seabed contains a diversity of animals living within the sediment, while hermit crabs scuttle across the surface among small sand goby fish and foraging rays and catsharks.
There are deeply gouged channels in the coarse sediment, ancient remnants of when the glacial floodwaters broke through from the North Sea.
The thermal water fronts mean this is a productive area, with numerous species of fish living in mid water, witnessed by the many birds that come to forage for food around the sandbanks in both summer and winter.
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