September 8, 2017
You don’t have to learn how to scuba-dive to observe the fascinating creatures of the deep – the shore of your local beach is packed with a whole host of intriguing underwater communities.
Rockpooling is a fun and educational activity that people of all different ages can enjoy. When the tide is out, your local beach will be a great place to discover, observe, and interact with a number of sea-dwellers.
Before you go, make sure you wear comfortable clothes and pack sunscreen and sun hats. It’s important not to buy or bring a net with you though, because they can actually damage rockpool environments.
Make sure you take the tides into consideration before planning ANY rockpool activity. Tides can be unpredictable and dangerous, and can completely change the beach. You can check tide predictions for the next 6 days via EasyTide, or you can download the My Tide Times App.
The lower the tide, the more chance you have of finding fascinating little habitats.
The type of creatures you come across will depend on the area of the country you’re in, the weather, and the tide. There are a few critters that can be found in most rockpools in Newquay:
Rockpooling takes patience. If you move about a lot or splash the water, the creatures living in the water might get scared and flee. It’s worth taking the time to observe the rockpool in silence for a few minutes so you have the chance to see the full extent of the wildlife living there.
Rockpools with ledges and lots of seaweed usually have the most amount of life in them – and don’t forget to look under small rocks (but make sure you put them back very carefully). Don’t pick up any big rocks, because you might damage lots of creatures’ homes if you drop them!
Sometimes, rockpools can be deceptively dangerous. Some can be up to eight feet deep, and rocks can often be slippery. By taking a few safety precautions you can make sure you have a safe, educational and enjoyable day…
Remember to always be respectful and careful with any creatures you come across. The rockpool is their home, and you should leave it exactly as you find it. Don’t forget to record your discoveries each time you go back, and you might start to see patterns.
Here at Blue Reef Newquay, we have open top tanks filled with some of the most interesting creatures you can find in rockpools around the world. Take a look at what you can discover as part of our educational school trips.