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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:01 pm

Hi everyone,

It's been chilly on the shore the last couple of weeks - fortunately I have no fashion sense and have been out in public dressed in a crazy number of layers plus waders to bring you this week's blog post. I took lots of children out 'shark hunting' and we found starfish, crabs, fish, anemones and an unusually large number of live shark eggs (success!).

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/04/17 ... adventure/

Have a great week,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:07 am

Hello everyone,

It's taken me nearly forty years but I've finally taken some passable photos of one of the most lovely treasures in the Cornish rock pools: the Scarlet and gold cup coral. :D

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/04/21 ... ure-quest/

Have a great week,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:59 am

Hi everyone,

I'm hugely excited about this blog post. On an survey in north Cornwall last week we found a rare hermit crab which disappeared from our coasts around thirty years ago and had barely been seen since the Torrey Canyon disaster in the 1960s. This was the latest of three sightings in the last few weeks from various locations around Cornwall - this one being the most northerly yet. :D :D :o

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/04/24 ... -comeback/

If anyone's going rockpooling, please look out for this charming little critter, take a photo and let your records centre know. The photos and video in my blog post show how it can be identified - it's quite distinctive.

Have a great week everyone,

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Mon May 09, 2016 7:11 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm a bit behind with putting my posts up here - here's my last one... a list of the top 5 fierce(ish) rockpool creatures as devised by my son, Cornish Rock Pools junior.

We were inspired by Steve Backshall's new series, Fierce, but as we don't have the budget to jet off to Indonesia, we've stuck with species we find on our local beaches.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/05/05 ... creatures/

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Wed May 11, 2016 12:29 pm

Hi everyone,

The cover photo of this week's post is one of my absolute favourite things to photograph - fish eggs. They're so small you can't see much with the naked eye, but when they're nearly mature a close-up photo shows that every egg has two big eyes looking back at you, something I just can't get enough of looking at.

There are all sorts of things staring at you from the rock pools at the moment. As well as the fish eggs, there were some wonderful spider crabs and sea slugs in the pools this week.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/05/08 ... -the-eyes/

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:42 pm

Hi Everyone,

The light summer evenings are finally back, so I met up with some friends and family for some 'after-work' rockpooling with the kids.

We weren't expecting to find anything exciting on the neap tide, but I was delighted to find an uncommon species of starfish and to see my first plaice in a rockpool, all within a stone's throw of one of the busiest tourist beaches in SE Cornwall.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/06/02 ... hylactica/

The tides are picking up again ready for some big springs this weekend so watch this space...

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:48 am

Hello everyone,

Another first for me this week - and judging by the reactions on specialist rock pooling sites quite a rare find - several just-hatched Greater pipefish near Looe in Cornwall. They're related to seahorses and grow to about arm-length. These babies would have very recently hatched from their father's pouch and still had the yolk sac attached.

This week's blog post stars these babies and also a Cornish clingfish that has just emerged from its egg.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/06/08 ... rt-nadler/

Have a great week!

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:55 pm

Hi everyone,

This week I'd thought I'd give myself a bit of a challenge... while there are some brilliant beaches for rockpooling in Cornwall, there are others that don't have many hiding places for marine creatures. Kynance Cove is one of those beaches, but if you look closely enough there's always something...

Tiny periwinkles and an eye-swivelling fish - https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/06/30 ... challenge/

Looking forward to the Bioblitz at Lundy Cove on the north coast this weekend - I'll report back next week!

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:26 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm sure loads of you have taken part in Bioblitzes, recording as many species as possible in a short time. I had a fabulous time at this National Trust one at Lundy Bay (North Cornwall) last weekend.

There were some exciting fish and sea slug finds, but perhaps most interesting of all was the slow worm that was rescued from some discarded fishing gear.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/07/09 ... -bioblitz/

Have a great week,

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:29 pm

Hello everyone,

It struck me this week just how much my son has learned through spending time on the beach. Not only does he know every part of the pre-rockpooling health and safety talk I give to groups, he's also now independently wandering the shore chatting with people about what they've found. At this rate I'll soon be able to put my feet up and let him lead events :lol:

Very soon the school holidays will be in full swing and the popular beaches across Cornwall will be packed - so this week's blog is about enjoying the calm before the summer holidays with a group of kids. We had a fab session finding butterfish, a beautiful flatworm and an uncommon hermit crab.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/07/16 ... -holidays/

Have a great week,

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