We are lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time on the rocky shores of the Dalebrook Marine Sanctuary in False Bay, South Africa. Even though we visit regularly, we quite often find creatures that we have never seen before! And then there are those that we see again and again, but are so awesome that they stay on my list of favourites. Here, in no particular order, are my personal “top 10” rock-pool finds – often documented with just a fleeting photo:
Juvenile leafy klipfish
Juvenile leafy klipfish, Smithichthys fucorum.
Albino Cape urchin
Albino Cape urchin, Parechinus angulosus.
Tuberculate cuttlefish, Sepia tuberculata.
Shaggy sponge crab
Shaggy sponge-crab, Dromidia hirsutissima.
Variable sea hare
Variable sea-hare, Aplysia juliana, with its mass of spaghetti-like eggs.
Warty pleurobranch, Pleurobranchaea bubala, with its lacy egg ribbon .
Iridescent nudibranch (we never managed to take a photo of this one! But you can see some lovely photos here)
Sea swallow, Glaucus atlanticus.
Common octopus, Octopus vulgaris, hiding under a rock.
Toothed decorator crab
Toothed decorator crab, Acanthonyx dentatus.
Why don’t you head down to the rocks at low tide to see if you can find these, or any other, interesting creatures? Happy rock-pooling!