Our favourite rock pooling site
This is the place where we have done 90% of all our rock pooling. I used to live here as a child and I have spent many thousands of hours searching these pools over the years. Even today over 40 years on I still return to this location and it still feels like I'm back home when I'm there.
If you were to clamber over the rocks and look into the pools and expected to see hundreds of fish and other wildlife then you'd be in for a huge disappointment, they aren't so easy to see. If they were the gulls would have eaten them all long ago. But I still find it surprising just how many people do this and then having not seen anything they assume that there is little there to be seen.
To date we have found all the following in this one location:
Not bad for one beach and every year the list grows more yet I feel we have only scratched the surface. There are lots more inverts at this location it's just that we haven't really looked at them in detail yet.
This year Pennants swimming crab was added to the list after we looked in a new area which we hadn't tried before. I thought it would be a good idea to look in the sand right at the waters edge at low tide, hoping to find some sand eels. We didn't find any but we did find a Pennants swimming crab a couple of inches below the surface of the sand.
I guess the point of this is, don't expect to see everything in an hour and don't be so fast to dismiss an area just because at first glance it looks a little barren. Spend some time there, look properly even try the area at different times of year and who knows what is there just waiting to be discovered.