Rockpools are teeming with life

Rockpools are amazing micro-habitats full of incredible creatures! Are you brave enough to pet a spiny sea urchin, sea star or crab at our Interactive Touchpool Exhibit?

Rockpools are made from water left behind when the tide goes out. Many of different creatures live in these shallow pools – they all need to be tough to adapt to different temperatures and waves crashing over them!

If you’re exploring Rockpools at the beach, remember these important rules:

• Safety first: Make sure you’re with an adult and only explore when the tide is going out. Wear non-slip shoes.

• Be kind to creatures: Put any rocks back carefully and try not to the disturb creatures you find. Never take them home with you!

Our sea urchins will move their spines to "shake your finger" when you touch them in our Interactive Touchpool Experience!

Most starfish have 5 arms but some species can have up to 24! Starfish have hundreds of little tube feet which they use to walk, stick to rockfaces and respire!

Hermit crabs live in colonies of up to 100 or more crabs. That's a lot of legs!

Our sea urchins will move their spines to "shake your finger" when you touch them in our Interactive Touchpool Experience!

Our sea urchins will move their spines to "shake your finger" when you touch them in our Interactive Touchpool Experience!

Most starfish have 5 arms but some species can have up to 24! Starfish have hundreds of little tube feet which they use to walk, stick to rockfaces and respire!

Most starfish have 5 arms but some species can have up to 24! Starfish have hundreds of little tube feet which they use to walk, stick to rockfaces and respire!

Hermit crabs live in colonies of up to 100 or more crabs. That's a lot of legs!

Hermit crabs live in colonies of up to 100 or more crabs. That's a lot of legs!