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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:00 am

Hello everyone,

After several weeks of Portuguese man o' war strandings I finally got to see some this week! They're incredible - it's like an invasion of rainbow pasties on our beaches.

cornishrockpools.com/2017/10/15/finally-portuguese-man-o-war-in-looe/

If anyone's visiting beaches with them on please, please keep dogs on the lead and keep an eye on them and young children - the sting of the Portuguese man o'war is very powerful.

Have a great week everyone,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:45 pm

Hi everyone,

I've been a bit distracted by Portuguese man o'war strandings the last couple of weeks, but have been looking forward to sharing my experiences and finds from the annual Shoresearch week. If any of you live in Cornwall and want to learn more about our shores, this is a perfect way to do it. :D

https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/10/19 ... oresearch/

Have a great week,
Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:15 am

Hi Everyone,

Halloween's nearly here, so this week's blog has a spooky theme. For a while now Junior has liked the way rock pool creature scientific names sound like Harry Potter spells .... so this week I've had a look at just what defences and weapons you can conjure up (there are so many it was hard to choose).

So, Happy Halloween everyone!

https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/10/29 ... ol-spells/

Have a great week,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:38 am

Hi everyone,

As I had a cold last week and the tides weren't great, I stayed in and spent hours trawling through photos of things I hadn't managed to identify on the beaches this year, putting names to blobs.

I love doing things like this - expanding on what I know and tackling some groups that I otherwise tend to overlook as 'too difficult'.

So this week's blog is a collection of the weird and wonderful!

https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/11/02 ... creatures/

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:51 pm

Hi everyone,

It's turning colder in the Cornish rock pools, but there's always lots to see. This week I have a go at finding and photographing hydroids and stalked jellyfish, and find all sorts of other creatures along the way.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/11/17 ... ckpooling/

Have a great week,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:26 pm

Hello everyone,

Is everyone else enjoying Blue Planet 2 as much as we are in the Cornish Rock Pools household? It's inspiring to see such amazing photography and commitment from the camera crews and also good that it's raising awareness of issues that imapct our shores.

There's still nothing like discovering wildlife for yourself though and this week's blog shows you just how amazing the Cornish rock pools can be, even in December when there's not a soul on the beach.

I even managed to put together a little video... maybe not Blue Planet standard, but take a look...
https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/12/12 ... ock-pools/

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:45 am

Hi everyone,

The daylight may be short, but there's no shortage of life in the rock pools at the moment. I could happily have spent all day watching a three-spot cowrie foraging... they're not big but they have fabulous colours.

Photos and some video of the cowrie, a pipefish with swivelling eyes, a stalked jellyfish clinging on in the current and more in this week's blog post.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/12/21 ... k-pooling/

Have a fabulous festive season!

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:08 pm

Hi Everyone,

I'm guessing most UK-based bloggers are as unimpressed with the endless wind and gales as I am :roll: - it's not ideal rockpooling conditions. However, I braved the beach on Saturday and was hugely excited to find the beautiful sea slug Facelina auriculata on the underside of a rock.

It just shows you never know what might turn up and it was worth getting soaked head-to-toe for this one...

https://cornishrockpools.com/2018/01/21 ... -sea-slug/

Fingers crossed for calmer conditions soon!

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:23 pm

Hi everyone,

Despite the freezing cold, I have of course been out rock pooling. It's taken me a while to write up this week-long survey as I had so many photos to look through (and needed to defrost my hands before I could do anything).

I'm always amazed how early spring comes to the rock pools... so we have fish eggs, migrating sea slugs and my very first Snake pipefish in this week's blog. :D

https://cornishrockpools.com/2018/02/22 ... ock-pools/

All the best,
Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:46 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's been finding it too cold recently. To make the prospect so sticking my hands into icy pools a bit more manageable, I set myself a 15 minute challenge to see what I could find in a single pool this week.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2018/03/17 ... e-mutants/

As always, there were interesting creatures in abundance and I especially liked the 7-armed mutant cushion star. They normally have 5 arms. Although they sometimes get carried away after losing an arm and grow an extra one, growing two extra was impressive!

Happy wildlife spotting this week - spring must be here now surely? :lol:

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