Long-Spined Sea Scorpion

Stiff legged from yesterday so an easy day. Low tide at Saltburn this morning and a wander on the beach. Very cold and windy, a complete contrast to yesterday.

Explored the rock pools on the scars below Huntcliff. Plenty of crabs and this fish was interesting. I think it’s a long-spined sea scorpion, sometimes called a bullhead or rockfish. It’s difficult to get any idea of the size from the photo; it was about 75mm long. Apparently this fish doesn’t have a swim bladder like other fishes so it sinks as soon as it stops swimming. They are difficult to spot, unless they move, and lie in wait for passing prey: prawns, molluscs and other small fish.

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