Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rock pools, ancient crucibles of life

A common feature of our rocky coastline are the innumerable rock or splash pools. These pools vary greatly in size, depth, exposure and nutrient status so not surprisingly they present a range of opportunities for aquatic animals. At this time of year, the pools are teaming with larval salamanders, small crustaceans, dragonfly nymphs, snails and myriad other invertebrates - fascinating places for naturalists to explore.

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