Rockpools

Rockpools are amazing micro-habitats full of incredible creatures! Are you brave enough to stroke a Starfish or be nibbled on by a Cleaner Shrimp?

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!

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

Starfish

Starfish are found in every ocean in the world! There are over 2000 known species, each one is full of surprises!

Did you know that 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.

Starfish have no brain, heart or blood! What they do have is a specialised stomach. They can eject part of it out of their body to digest food much bigger than their mouth, and then suck it all back in to finish digesting it... 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!

Cleaner Shrimp

The Cleaner Shrimp are beautiful looking shrimp with bright red and white stripes that flash along their body.

True to their name, they have a mutual symbiotic relationship with fish. They remove dead skin and parasites for the fish which in turn provide a valuable food source for the shrimp. EWW!

In fact, cleaner shrimps usually assemble at ‘cleaning stations’ on the rocks or reef waiting for fish to turn up that need to be cleaned! Now that's cool.

Come and see how these handy little creatures work! Dip your fingers in our rockpool and get a manicure from one of our nifty shrimps.

Did you know that the character Jacques in the Pixar animated film “Finding Nemo” is a Cleaner Shrimp?

Did you know that the character Jacques in the Pixar animated film “Finding Nemo” is a Cleaner Shrimp?

Did you know that the character Jacques in the Pixar animated film “Finding Nemo” is a Cleaner Shrimp?