Don’t take animals away from the shore because they will not last long in a bucket of seawater.
Observe the animals in their habitats rather than handle them unnecessarily.
If you do touch or pick up an animal, remember to be very gentle and aim to put it back in its ‘home spot’ – exactly where you found it.
Good places to find interesting creatures will be in cracks and under overhangs. If you turn a rock over, you may often find small animals sheltering on the underside.
Take your time when looking for animals in a rock pool. Many will be sheltering under seaweeds or are well camouflaged.
Common sea creatures you might find: Limpets, periwinkles, sea snails, mussels, sea urchins, sea stars, anemones, klipfish, barnacles and a crab or octopus if you are lucky. Rarer animals are fan worms, sea slugs and giant saddlebacks.