Members Reports and Photos
Sunday 22 JUNE 2014
JUNIOR MEMBERSí OUTING, SANDYCOVE
LEADERS: Niamh Lennon & Jennifer Ball
We met at James Joyce
Martello Tower on a very hot and sunny day and set off for our first set of
Rockpools,on the sheltered shore - just beyond the Curragh Subaqua meeting place
(an old redbricked building on the way to Dun Laoghaire).These pools are very
accesible and there are a number of them.
The usual molluscs were found - Periwinkles, Topshells, Limpets and Dog Whelks.
There were lots of tiny Barnacles on the rocks - these are crustaceans.
There were a good number of Red Beadlet Anemones and some Snakelocks Anemones.
The most exciting part of the outing as always for the children was when they caught Crabs (all Shore Crabs of all sizes), Prawns and Seashore Shrimps. One Hermit Crab was also found and some tiny shrimps similar to the amphipods found in freshwater.
The next set of Rockpools were on the exposed shore - just beneath the James Joyce Tower.
We only visited one of these rockpools as four of the children were quite young. This pool was large and everyone was very happy to discover bigger crabs than previously found and lots of prawns which jumped when we tried to catch them.
"Wow" and "Oh my god" were very common expressions heard during this outing!
Note: The photos below were not taken during the outing but are pictures of very similar creatures.
Red Beadlet Anemone Snakelocks Anemone Hermit Crab
Barnacles Shrimp Shore Crab
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