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I would like to tell you I have really appreciated the week we spent together. I thank you for your patience and your support in my english training!

- Marie B, France


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Rock Pooling parts 1-100

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Some rock pooling sessions are better than others. We’ve all had days where all you get are a few small porcelain crabs when you’re looking for large feisty Velvet swimming crabs. Even the anemones float with a disinterested shimmy. But not today. We were blessed with pipefish, ragworms, prawns, porcelain, shore, hermit, edible and velvet crabs, brittle stars, cushion stars, blenny’s and the Cornish clingfish.

We were three children and myself. Whoopings and celebratory yee-hars were echoing around Gatamala Cove near Rosemullion Head, Falmouth way and the children were just as happy (ching boom boom).

The Cornish clingfish (Lepadogaster lepadogaster) love the rock pools. They are instantly recognisable by the two blue spots on their back within red-rimmed circles just behind their eyes. They are typically up to 4-6 inches long (10-15cms), quite flat with a broad head and snout and a fused fin to give it a solid uniform looking body. The main feature of the clingfish is its ability to cling, not surprisingly and this is attained by the fused pectoral fins on the underbelly, which allow it to clamp itself to the rocks. They’re extremely productive both with sticky substances and also holding fast so it is no surprise that they glue their eggs in batches under stones, in any nook and cranny or object in a pool. Their young then head off out to see to return as they get older.

Pipefish are from the same family as the seahorses. The worm pipefish although they wriggle a lot have a bony ringed tough feel to them. They grow to a length of about 6 inches (15cms) and enjoy flitting around the seaweeds. The Helford River is blessed with eel Grass (Zostera) and they use these beds as a hotel like so many other creatures over the year.

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