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  • Location: Sheffield
  • Weather Preferences: thunderstorms, heatwaves, snow
  • Location: Sheffield

    Well last night yielded similar sealife to Wednesday night, but that didn't stop it from being interesting! Also, we had a little sneaky rockpool early this afternoon, and caught a nice sized rockling fish :)

    Firstly, another type of chiton, different to the one we found yesterday, although it could just be a variance within the same species...

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    Here is last nights 5-bearded rockling, not a bad size really. Easily identified due to it's distinctive barbels on it's head...

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    Now this crab is interesting! We thought it was a shore crab, but the orange underbelly gave us doubts. What isn't in doubt however, is that it is a female crab, and that orange spongy area are her eggs :D

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    You can see the abdomen curve round better on this pic...

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    Next up is the Long-spined Bullhead, which was a fair size (probably around the 15cm mark) Easy to catch, because they don't really move that much :( The smaller fish is probably a young rockling, judging by it's barbels...

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    Another pic of the Bullhead, with the 5-bearded rockling in close attention...

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    You can never have too many hermit crabs :D

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    Today's short visit ot the rockpools paid off nicely, with several small hermit crabs, a common blenny (or shanny), and another 5-bearded rockling caught (bigger than last nights)

    Holbeck Beach with the tide coming in fast...

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    A selection of hermit crabs, different shells, all the same species of hermit crab though...

    Hermits.jpg

    The underside of a limpet...

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    The 5-bearded rockling, new and improved! This one was approaching 15cm long...

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    All together in the tank, common blenny on the right, rockling on the left...

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    On the walk back up, plenty of seagulls all wanting bread :(

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    Thanks for viewing! :):)

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    Very nice rock pool life there Sh. Scrambling over the rocky coast of Galloway last year I took a few myself, I must admit I was scared of slipping and braking myself and the camera :bomb:

    Regards,

    Russ

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