Creature Feature - The Lumpsucker

If this was a case of the good, the bad, and the ugly, in this week’s requested creature feature Anya Frampton looks at a deep-water visitor to our waters who is often called ugly. Here for just a few short months between Feb and early May, we are looking at the Lumpsucker (Cyclopterus lumpus). Coming from the depths to breed, the female mates and returns immediately to deeper water, so it is the male of the species that is most often spotted. He is, in fact, rather hard to miss with a rugby ball shaped body, large wide head, and rows of bony tubercles that look like warts. To top it all he...
Posted on May 26th 2020Category: Blog

Creature Feature - The Little Cuttlefish

For our second creature feature Anya had a request to look at a cuttlefish. "During the year it is common to find cuttlefish bones washed ashore, these are all that remain of the common cuttlefish. I would like to introduce you a local cuttlefish who leaves no such trace…" The Little Cuttlefish - Sepiola atlantica Just as the name suggests this resident is much smaller, growing to a maximum size of 60mm, the body is usually just 20mm long. They belong to a smallest group of molluscs, the cephalopods, made up of octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. They have a rounded body, oversized eyes, and...
Posted on May 18th 2020Category: Blog