Seahorse Facts



  • Seashores contain a huge variety of creatures which can adapt to the constant change from wet to dry as the tide rolls in and out.
  • Crabs, shellfish and other creatures of rocky shores have tough shells to protect them from pounding waves and the sun’s drying heat.
  • Anemones, starfish and shellfish such as barnacles have powerful suckers for holding on to rocks.
  • Limpets are the best rock clingers and can only be prized off if caught by surprise.
  • Anemones may live on a hermit crab’s shell, feeding on its leftovers but protecting it with their stinging tentacles.
  • Rock pools are pools of water left among the rocks when the tide goes out.
  • Rock pool creatures include shrimps, hermit crabs, anemones and fish such as blennies and gobies.
  • Sandy shores are home to burrowing creatures such as crabs, razor clams, lugworms, sea cucumbers and burrowing anemones.
  • Sandhoppers are tiny shelled creatures that live along the tide line, feeding on seaweed.
  • Beadlet anemones look like blobs of jelly on rocks when the tide is out. But when the water returns, they open a ring of flower-like tentacles to feed.