Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Lyme Regis Rocks...

After the success of our rock pooling session at Lyme Regis recently, I returned with my son on Bank Holiday Monday to try our luck once more. I wouldn't normally venture out onto the roads on a Bank Holiday in the summer but as low tide was quite early we decided to be there two hours before its peak to catch the pools left by the retreating sea. It was a good decision, the car park was mostly empty, it was a beautiful sunny morning and we got to see the pools before the masses descended.

Highlights included...

Stranded Barrel Jellyfish - seen better days
Two more Hermit Crabs...

Hermit Crab, Lyme Regis
Hermit no. 2 - both quite large individuals
Brown Shrimp Crangon crangon
Shanny Lipophrys pholis
Snakelocks Anemone Anemonia viridis
Must admit, apart from the more easily identifiable seaweeds I find them a little difficult to put a name to. There are so many of them and few good sources for ID'ing them - so here are some of the common species:

Gutweed Ulva intestinalis
Sugar Kelp Saccarina latissima
Irish Moss Chondrus crispus
Oarweed Laminaria digitata
Cuvie Laminaria hyberborea - similar to Oarweed
but with a rough stipe that snaps when flexed
Flat Top Shell Gibbula umbilicalis
Acorn Barnacle Semibalanus balanoides
Common Limpet Patella vulgata
Common Periwinkle Littorina saxatilis
Common Piddock Pholas dactylus
Also a couple of hoverflies that posed for pics:

Eristalis tenax
Syrphus sp.

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