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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:06 pm

Hello everyone,

The conditions aren't great at the moment for getting out on the lower shore, so I thought I'd take a fresh look at a common sea snail that lives near the top of the shore.

Flat periwinkles vary hugely in colour and are a favourite of shell collectors. The live animals are also entrancing... so I took a little video of them in 'action'.

Here's my latest post: https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/02/06 ... eriwinkle/

Have a great week,
Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:31 pm

Hi everyone,

The storms this week inspired my to organise my photos and videos of the amazing creatures that have washed up this winter. We've had mauve stinger jellyfish, 'By the wind sailors' and all sorts of ray and shark eggcases, among other things.

Here's my latest post: https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/02/11 ... ock-pools/

Have a great week everyone,

Heather

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:43 pm

Hello everyone,

The sunshine's back and I'm hoping it's a sign of things to come this summer. Some fabulous low tides coming up in the next couple of months so watch this space!

In the meantime I took my first Facebook challenge, fortunately one that didn't involve pouring cold water over my head. :lol: I enjoyed it so much I thought I'd share it on my blog...

So here's my collection of #challengeonnaturephotography photos https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/02/25 ... re-photos/

If you're on FB why not share your photos - one a day for a week? :)

Have a great week,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:31 pm

This week, I've been egg hunting in the Cornish rock pools. It's a great time of year to find all sorts of different creatures moving in to the shallows to lay their eggs. If you're looking for a free Easter activity, it's worth getting down to the beach this spring. :D

My favourite are the goby and clingfish eggs that I often find in clumps under rocks. When they're close to hatching you can see hundreds of tiny eyes looking back at you.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/03/03 ... ock-pools/

Have a great week everyone,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby StuartRae » Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:25 am

That piece on the different eggs is great. Now I know who to ask in future.

I'm inspired.

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:27 pm

Thanks Stuart - yes, please do drop me a line if you have any questions/ want things you've found on the shore identified. I was out on the shore on the big low tide today and there were eggs everywhere already. :)
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:32 pm

Possibly the most utterly brilliant day of rockpooling ever today (and I've had a few) :D

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/03/10 ... ega-tides/

Today I found my first full-grown lobster on the shore, plus a beautiful Galathea strigosa squat lobster, which is one of our most colourful marine crustaceans, several baby catsharks and all sorts of other things besides.

Best of all, there are more exceptionally low tides over the coming two days, and still more in April, so watch this space!

I might be a bit excited :lol:

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:48 am

Hi everyone,

I read this week that most UK children spend less time outdoors than prisoners and some don't play outside at all most days. Even here in Cornwall there are many kids for whom a school or scouts trip is the only time they'll go to the beach all year.

So, this week's blog post is all about the things kids love best (well, mine does anyway)... everything slimy, oozy and generally disgusting! The rockpools are such a fabulous place for children to meet wildlife. :D

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/03/26 ... and-jelly/

Have a great week,
Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:15 pm

Hello,

In my latest blog I'm warming up for a rockpooling marathon on the huge spring tides this week. The more I look the more I see - and even after many years of looking I'm still missing things (fortunately my camera doesn't).

This week's finds include a stalked jelly, cowries, sea slug eggs and a sea spider.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/04/07 ... g-warm-up/

Hopefully I'll have even more exciting things to report after this weekend's mega-tides. I'm taking a bunch of kids lobster and shark 'hunting' tomorrow (don't worry, I'm not expecting any human or animal casualties!).

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:44 pm

Hi everyone,

Today I was mostly taking kids on an expedition to hunt for sharks (dozens of live eggcases found - much excitement - mission accomplished!). I managed to find a bit of time to look around too and today's blog is a short video of a couple of the creatures I found.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/04/08 ... ore-video/

In the first part a variegated scallop opens its shells to show its bodys and semi-circle of dark eyes. In the second part a topknot flatfish scoots along the sand.

Hope you enjoy it - more rockpooling tomorrow while the huge tides last. :D

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