Ex­plore rock pools

World of Animals - - How To Become A Seaside Explorer -

On still, dry days when the tide is out, rock pools teem­ing with fas­ci­nat­ing crea­tures are re­vealed. Kneel down and peer into the wa­ter and you might be able to spot anemones, sea slugs, fish, prawns and even starfish. By slowly mov­ing rocks and seaweed, you’ll un­cover some of the more cau­tious an­i­mals like crabs. Most crabs are timid, but watch out for the red-eyed blue vel­vet swim­ming crab, which will snap at your fin­gers if you worry it. Bring an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion guide next time you head for the sea, or take pho­tos of your finds so you can look them up at home once you’ve got all the sand out of your shoes.

Com­mon blenny

Shore crab

Com­mon prawn

Beadlet anemone

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