How to Rock Pool

A strawberry anemone at low tide.
A strawberry anemone at low tide.

Rock pooling in Cornwall can be an adventure that stays with you for a lifetime, a chance to come face to tentacle with creatures that are normally only seen by divers.

If you get it right you may find spiny urchins, starfish the size of your forearm, perfectly camouflaged fish and even the live egg cases of small sharks. However, people often say to me that they just don’t know what to look for.

Cornish Rock Pools has all the resources you need to get started.

Read my Top 5 Tips for Successful Rock Pooling.

If you’re trying to identify an animal you have found in the rock pools, try one of these easy-to-follow identification guides.

I’d love to hear what you find and help you identify your rock pool creatures. Please do get in touch.

If you come across something interesting or unusual try to take a photo and don’t forget to record your find with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

 Have a great time rock pooling and remember to follow the Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code.

Martin holds a spiny starfish, Hannafore, Looe
Spiny starfish, Hannafore, Looe

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