Friends of the Fowey Estuary

Rockpool Ramble, 2/11/2013 .


We held our last rock pooling event of the year on 2 November during half term.

The weather forecast was dreadful and we were quite prepared for people to have stayed indoors and not turn up. BUT we were so pleased to gather 20+ adults and children all keen to get stuck in. The low tide was higher than usual as southerly gale force winds had been blowing the water into Readymoney Cove all week. However we built sandcastles for a short while whilst it ebbed a little more and then launched ourselves into hunting for specimens in the rock pools for an hour or so before returning them to the ‘shore lab’ where the experts kindly identified them for us before returning them to where we had found them.

We found several species of Seaweeds, Hermit and other Crabs, Cockles, Whelks, Common Starfish and Cushion Starfish, some very small fish species and many more things. One interesting find was a By-the-wind-sailor which was unfortunately dead and must have been blown in by the recent gales as it usually inhabits oceans. It looks a bit like a jelly fish, is a blue disc averaging about 5cm diameter, with a triangular sail which catches the wind and blows them along.