Rock Pooling Blogs

Check out our latest blog posts from our amazing Rock Pool Project team:

Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

Wrack

Wrack are a family of seaweeds that are found on most UK coasts on both sheltered and exposed rocky shores.

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

Atlantic Bobtail Squid

The Atlantic bobtail squid (Sepiola atlantica) is truly a hidden gem of the rocky shore. These camouflage wizards are so easy to overlook that they are usually only spotted when accidentally disturbed, spending much of their time buried in the sand with only their eyes peeking out.

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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

Beadlet Anemone

The beadlet anemone (Actinia equina) are red anemones found on rocky shores all over UK coastlines.

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

Sea Hare

With their bunny-like head tentacles and charismatic expressions, these marvelous molluscs are always sure to bring a smile to your rock pool adventures.

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Site in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

Gylly Beach

Gyllyngvase beach is a popular beach in Falmouth and is perfect for families with three different rock pool sites to choose from.

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Site in Focus
Laura Coles

Castle Beach

About Castle Beach: Situated in the heart of Falmouth, Castle Beach is one of our most popular survey sites. At

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

Barnacle Identification

Overview: Barnacles, or Cirripedia, are one of the most abundant groups of species present on many rocky shores. However, to

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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

The Painted Topshell

The Painted topshell (Calliostoma zizyphinum) is a sea snail found on rocky shores with a very colourful conical shell.

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

Common Squat Lobster

Galathea squamifera, the common squat lobster, is a species of intertidal crustacean. Don’t be fooled by the name- these fancy fellows are actually more closely related to hermit crabs than lobsters.

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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

The Cushion star

The Cushion star (Asterina gibbosa) is a little, well camouflaged starfish that is commonly found in rockpools on many of the UK coasts.

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

Cornish Sucker

This week’s Species in Focus is the Cornish Sucker. This unique looking fish may be little but packs a powerful ability to latch on to rocky surfaces using its adapted pelvic fins.

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Species in Focus
Christophe Patterson

St Piran’s hermit crab

Our second species in focus features probably the most popular new arrival to our shores in recent years. Well certainly in Cornwall anyway, where this charming little crab is named after the region’s patron saint: St Piran.

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