Name: Sand Hopper
Scientific name: Orchestia gammarella
Nature Stars: 20
About: A marine crustacean, a close relative of the freshwater shrimp that is often caught when pond dipping. Sand Hoppers live under seaweed and rocks around the tide line, where they feed on rotting seaweed and animals. They grow up to 2 cm long.
How to identify: If you turn over rocks or seaweed you will often see them jumping out of the way.
Where: Found on sandy beaches all around our shores.
Fantastic fact: Also known as Sand Fleas because of their amazing jumping abilities.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc