Jurassic

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Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

There can’t be many better ways to spend an afternoon in early summer than exploring Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Purbeck Marine Nature Reserve at Kimmeridge Bay. Located on the “Jurrasic Coast” World Heritage Site the underwater landscape is pretty impressive as well.

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An Ammonite revealed by the constantly crumbling shale cliffs.
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A typical rockpool revealed by the receding tide.
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A Sea Hare one of the larger marine molluscs grazing on the various seaweeds and algae to be found in the rockpools at low tide.
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Apparently the Sea Hare is named due to the resemblance of their “bunny ear” tentacles known as Rhinophores which are used to detect scents in the water.
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 Beadlet Anemone another widespread resident of rockpools.
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 Common Prawn  Hermit Crab
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 Beadlet Anemone with its tentacles withdrawn.  Peacock’s Tail a scarce warm water species.
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 A daft idiot wandering around on algae covered rocks whilst carrying an expensive camera, lens, mobile phone etc….
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And here comes trouble ……………………