If you go to the seaside, you’ll likely bump into a few friends, so just leave them alone. Likewise it’s best to avoid eating crustaceans, as they are not classed as sentient beings yet in law, so often suffer cramped together in tanks. Join the campaign at Crustacean Compassion to get all these creatures classed as sentient beings that feel pain (they are also helping octopuses, which are even eaten alive in some cultures, despite being ‘intelligent aliens’ that are some of the most fascinating and playful creatures on the planet).
Life Between the Tides is a highly-reviewed book that explores the natural wonders of the shoreline, from the extraordinary biology of its curious animals to the flow of our human history. An invitation to marvel at creatures an inch below the surface. Rather than disturb them, learn about them in this book:
How do sandhoppers inherit an inbuilt compass from their parents? How do crabs understand the tides? How can the death of one winkle, guarantee the lives of its companions? What does a prawn know?
Crabbing may be popular, but letting children catch and then release creatures scares them, and many are injured, once returned to the sea. Just let children watch from afar.
The man who finds wonder in a winkle. Remarkable. For a book so focused on non-humane life, it is luminously humane. The Times