Rockpools

Wow! Feel that! Are you brave enough to stroke a Sea Anemone or a Starfish? Find out during your visit!

Rockpools are made from water left behind when the tide goes out at the beach. Lots of 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!

Scroll down to find out more about some amazing rockpool inhabitants!

Starfish

Imagine having no blood or brains but THOUSANDS of feet!

That's life for the humble starfish.

Did you know that a starfish can drop an arm if trapped or grabbed by a hungry predator? They drop it to escape and grow a brand new one in its place. 

Did you also know they can eject part of their stomach out of their body to digest food much bigger than their mouth? And then suck it all back in... Gross!

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!

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!

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!

Sea Anemone

Ouch! Careful!

Sea Anemones are great predators - their stinging tentacles help Anemones to catch tiny plankton which they draw into their mouth. 

If you go to the seaside it's always wise to look but don't touch as some species can give you a nasty sting, such as the beautiful, purple and green Snakelock Anemone. 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.

These cool creatures look like colourful, underwater blooms and are closely related to Jellyfish and Corals! 

 

Jewel Anemones are a beautiful coldwater species. They reproduce by splitting in half!

Jewel Anemones are a beautiful coldwater species. They reproduce by splitting in half!

Jewel Anemones are a beautiful coldwater species. They reproduce by splitting in half!