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Ponteceso´s coastline

  • Cliffs with mussels
  • Percebeiros collecting barnacles
  • Percebeiros collecting barnacles
  • Cliffs on Ponteceso´s coastline

Although at first sight from the land, the rocky coast – often battered by waves – might seem an unlikely place for life, the reality is completely different. The different heights reached by the tides and the force of the waves help define a series of strips of land that allow us to get a glimpse of its great biodiversity.

Ponteceso´s coastline

This is the ideal place for the existence of plants adapted to such a harsh environment, such as the famous herb for falling in love, the sea pink (Armeria maritima), which is linked to rituals from the well-known sanctuary of San Andrés de Teixido (northern part of the province of A Coruña), rock samphire (Crithmun maritimun) or lichens and algae such as Fucus spiralis, among others. There are also periwinkles and limpets, the barnacle Balanus perforatus, mussels (Mytilus gallo provincialis), crabs (Necora puber), hermit crabs (Diogenes pugilator), sea urchins and sea stars.

And, at spots that are very exposed to the force of the waves, where conditions are harsh, such as at the tip of O Roncudo, one can find the peculiar barnacles (Pollicipes cornucopia) that – though it may be hard to believe – belong to the same family of crustaceans as lobsters, prawns and crabs. In fact, it is said that best barnacles are the ones gathered during the winter, when the waves are rougher. And even better are the ones popularly known as "percebes rana" ("frog barnacles"), hidden in the deepest recesses of the rocks away from the light.

In the open sea, marine mammals such as the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and the small and endangered harbour porpoise (Phocoenaphocoena) can be seen swimming.

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