Seashore life on the rocks – Part 1

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British seashore creatures: Limpets living in a rock pool on Worms Head causeway, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, U.K. (1)

These photographs were all taken at low tide on the Carboniferous limestone rocks at Worms Head Causeway, Rhossili Bay, on the Gower Peninsula. A multitude of marine invertebrates can be found attached to the dry exposed rocks and in also underwater in the tide pools.

What I find particularly appealing is the way the many different natural colours and patterns of the rocks provide such an attractive background – almost as if the stage has been set for the pictures. The cracks and crevices that make up the varying surface textures of the rocks provide niches for colonisation by acorn barnacles and mussels – and are also modified by some creatures, like the limpets that slowly dissolve shallow circular craters during their lifetime of attachement.

Worms Head causeway limpets and barnacles: Limpets and Acorn Barnacles living on Carboniferous Limestone rock exposed at low tide on the Worms Head Causeway, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, U.K. (2)

Limpet living on striped rock in a tide pool:  Limpet and Top Shell living on a tide pool on red and orange Carboniferous Limestone rock showing fine strata and faulting, Worms Head Causeway, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, U,K. (3)

Mussels growing on low shore Carboniferous Limestone: Common Edible Mussels growing in cracks and crevices on Carboniferous Limestone of the Worms Head Causeway, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, U.K. (4)

Tide pool life: Seashore creatures and seaweed in a tide pool on colourful rocks at Worms Head Causeway, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, U.K. (5)

Barnacles and winkles on textured rock surface: Acorn barnacles and edible winkles on the textured rock surface of Carboniferous Limestone exposed at low tide, Worms Head Causeway, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, U.K. (6)

Mussel shells in a tide pool: Tide pool with coloured rocks and empty blue mussel shells, Worms Head Causeway, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, U.K. (7)

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