Hunting amongst the pebbles at the waters edge was a pair of turnstones, carefully flipping over pebbles to find invertebrates. They seemed quite sure that they were perfectly camouflaged amongst the pebbles as they carried on feeding as we carried the water back and forth.
A solitary cormorant preened itself at the top of a marker.
I noticed that people had started to gather at the top of the beach. Soon they were making their way down. We usually gather at the top of the beach for an introduction but too many to do this today, so I let them down onto the sand.
These included some large shore crabs
Shore crabs are the perfect seashore dweller. Jointed armour for protection but also allows movement. If that doesn't work, they can shed a limb to enable them to escape. This can be regrown when they shed their carapace body shell.
Edible periwinkle and much more.
PARTICULARLY INTERESTING DISCOVERIES
This juvenile greater pipefish was a really good find.
4 different types of fish fry were found, but they are difficult to identify when they are this small. These are not tide pool fish but temorary inhabitants trapped by the out going tide.
Along with the usual common blenny and goby we found a specimen of long-finned sea scorpion.
This fish has a large mouth and can easily gulp down small prawns and fish.