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are able to survive in between high and low tide may find shelter in a
rock pool - but so do their predators!
Rock pools may also collect unwanted fresh water during rain storms. This is worse for shallow rock pools high up the shore where organisms must wait longer for the tide to return.
There may be hidden dangers in rock pools, but for sea creatures in need of water, they are vital for survival.
Magical world revealed
Rock pools provide a life-line for sea creatures and a unique opportunity to observe them without having to get your feet wet!
When the tide goes out rock pools reveal a magical world of plants and animals.
only a stone's throw from dry land these pools are home to creatures from
a different world. But to study them at close quaters - the answer may
lie a little closer to home.
The charity is appealing for people to send in detergent tablet nets to be used at the DWT Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, at Kimmeridge Bay, enabling young children to enjoy crabbing during the summer.
The rock pools are bustling with crabs. You could spot the nimble shore crab, the hairy crab or the delicate porcelain crab and of course the hermit crab famous for stealing a shell for it's home.
"It is intriguing to see how effectively detergent nets can catch crabs, syas Dan Williams, Dorset Wildlife Trust Marine Warden.
The net is used to replace the hook, which as Dan explains, is good news for all.
is put into the net which the crab then grips with its claws. When a hook
is used, fish can accidentally be caught and unnecessarily harmed.
Home sweet home
Many small fishes use the rock pool as a shelter against the low tide.
soon as the new tide moves in, they leave the pool to wander around much
larger territories where they find their daily food.
Research has shown that most of these small fishes stay in the same pool all their lives.
It is not
only fish that make rock pools their home.
Worms of all shapes and sizes creep along the sea bed.
striped flatworm is propelled by thousands of tiny hairs on its underside.
Rock pools are home to a wealth of interesting and diverse sea life and provides adults and children alike the unique opportunity to study it at close quaters.
But be warned - the best sort of rock pooling means leaving no trace of your visit. Always return creatures back to the sea and leave the wonders of the rock pool for all to enjoy.