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Life on the Basalt Boulders

elephant snail and chiton

The indiscriminate jumble of basalt rock and boulders with shallow pools from a receding tide create a labyrinth of habitat for some remarkable Bluff Life.

Search gently amongst the rocks for orange, blue, green or grey seastars; armour plated chitons, and the largest mollusc on the Bluff – the Elephant Snail. There are large grazing snails like the Warrener; active predators like Dog Whelks. And crabs – Red Notched Crab, Shore Crabs, Hairy Stone Crabs and the highly camouflaged Decorator Crab.

Many of the animals live on the underside of boulders so gently put the rocks back as you found them.