Rock Pooling Blogs

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

Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

The edible crab

The edible crab (Cancer pagurus) is a common large crab found in small holes and under rocks in most UK rockpools.

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

Shanny

Also known as the common blenny, the shanny is one of the most common and characterful of all rock pool residents. With their downturned smile and discerning gaze, these fierce fish are not to be overlooked!

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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

The Rock Pool Shrimp

A common translucent shrimp (Palaemon elegans) found in rocky shore rock pools along the UK coast, mainly in the south.

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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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