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Conservation Code

  • Tread carefully and avoid stepping on marine animals or algae when walking across a rock platform or seashore. Your weight will kill most animals and dislodge algae.
  • Avoid catching rock pool animals. Rough handling may damage their skin or they may dry out if removed from the water. You may learn more by patiently observing animals in their own habitat. Write down your observations, or record them with an audio-cassette recorded before you forget them. Even ten minutes later, you will have forgotten much of what you saw.
  • Many shore animals are found under rocks and boulders. Roll rocks over carefully in order to look underneath. Remember to always return them carefully to their original position, so you do not damage any creatures found there. Be especially careful of soft bodied animals.
  • Do not litter. Always collect and properly dispose of any litter found.
  • Some shores are marine protected areas or aquatic reserves, where all animals and algae are protected from nay interference by humans. You may visit these shores but their animals and algae should remain unharmed and untouched.
  • When you visit a rocky ocean shore, never remove an animal from its habitat. If you take it home, it will surely die, and this gives it no chance of leaving further offspring , to repopulate its environment.

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by Keith Davey (C) 2000

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site created 01.01.98 : updated 01.04.2000