- SEA LIFE, Touchpool
The amazing micro-habitats full of incredible creatures!
Rockpools are made from water left behind when the tide goes out. Lots of different creatures live in these shallow pools – they all need to be tough to adapt to different temperatures and waves crashing overhead!
If you're exploring Rockpools at the beach, remember these important rules:
Safety first: Make sure you’re with an adult and only explore when the tide is going out. Wear non-slip shoes.
Be kind to creatures: Put any rocks back carefully and try not to the disturb creatures you find. Never take them home with you!
Did you know?
- A starfish can drop an arm at will if it needs to? If one is grabbed by a hungry predator they will drop it off and make their escape, eventually growing a new arm to replace it!
- Most starfish have 5 arms but some species can have up to 24! Starfish have hundreds of little tube feet which they use to walk, stick to rockfaces and respire!
It's hard to believe that Sea Anemones are alive...
They have no brain, heart or blood! Stinging tentacles help Anemones to catch tiny plankton which they draw in to their mouth. Don't worry though as all the Sea Anemones you'll find in our Rockpool are safe to touch as their stings are too weak for us to feel.