Whether you are a child or an adult, a visit to the beach is always exciting because it's a landscape that changes constantly. The moon controls the tides which twice daily, or sometimes more, deliver and remove shells, stones, plants and animals. Nothing is static on the beach.
If the beach has rock pools the adventure is even more thrilling. These miniature worlds are teeming with life and drama. They are subject to violent changes – think of a tsunami that sweeps across the pool when the tide comes in so that eventually it disappears and becomes one with the surrounding surf. Yet when the tide goes out the rock pool appears once more, seemingly calm and unchanged. But that's an illusion.
Life in the rock pool is the equivalent of the most dramatic soap opera you could ever see on your TV. Life, death, the struggle for survival, the threat of eviction – it’s all there!
With a little knowledge and care children and adults can see into the strange and magical world of the rock pool.