“Hi, my name is Sophia!
I come to Anglesey to have fun with my Granny & I love to go rockpooling with her & her friends who are Living Seas Champions. My favourite rockpooling place is anywhere that has a rocky shore.
I have found many different creatures while out rockpooling including Nudibranchs (a type of sea slug), Edmundsella pedata, Polycera quadrilineata, Onchidoris bilamellata, Fjordia browni, Fjordia lineata, Doto coronata & Facelina auriculata.
I really love rockpooling & finding all these creatures which we must protect
Another mollusc (and another type of sea slug) I like are the large sea hares (Aplysia punctata), which, if threatened will give off a dark reddish purple ink. Sea Hares can be up to around 12cm long.
I have also found tunicates (sea squirts) including, the star ascidian (Botryllus schlosseri) in many colours like green, blue, orange & grey. These are colonial squirts, as they each have their own inhalant & share one exhalant syphon. They are very beautiful as you can see in my photos.
There are many different anemones that I have seen, including a tube dwelling anemone, beadlet, gems (see pic), snakelocks & dahlia, they have lots of tentacles, which carry stings to catch their prey.
I have seen lots of different crustaceans including, shore crab, edible crab, long clawed porcelain crab, hermit crab, spider crab, spiney spider crab, velvet swimming crab (this is a lovely blue crab with hairs on its paddle like legs & has scary red eyes) & lobster.
I’ve enjoyed finding many shelled creatures live among the rocks including painted topshell, cockles, whelks, netted dog whelks, barnacles, limpets & mussels. There are many sea stars including common star, brittle star, cushion stars - Asterina gibbosa & the more colourful Asterina phylactica.
I've also been Nurdle Hunting. Nurdles are tiny pieces of plastic that pollute our rivers & seas, they can be swallowed by fish & other creatures & then eaten by us!
I really love rockpooling & finding all these creatures which we must protect by not using plastic & polluting the seas. I get out in the fresh air, exercise & am learning all about some of the creatures that we share this earth with.”