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Tiny spider proves biggest rockpooling day find

Searching for marine life and identifying the finds on Shoreham Beach

Searching for marine life and identifying the finds on Shoreham Beach

YOUNG and old explored marine life on Shoreham Beach during the annual rockpooling day.

Organised by Friends of Shoreham Beach, the event say 75 people explore the pools left by the tide to see what creatures were there.

Chairman Joy Daintree said the annual family event, on the beach north of Shoreham Fort, had proved very popular this year.

It was guided by marine biologist Steve Savage, assisted by Dave Fawcett from Sussex Wildlife Trust and Andy Horton from Glaucus, the British Marine Life Study Society journal.

“It proved a really interesting and enjoyable morning as crabs, rock gobies, beadlet anemones, prawns, limpets, mussels barnacles and periwinkles were discovered, but the star of the show was a small sea spider that seemed to have hardly any body at all,” said Mrs Daintree.

Some children then joined in the sand art competition, which followed the rockpooling. Nicholas Trott, nine, and his five-year-old sister were the winners.

All the younger competitors went away with an I-spy Nature Book and the older ones were given an ID chart to help them name future finds.

The next Friends event is a beach clean on Sunday, September 21.

 

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