Creature Feature - The Thornback Ray

Creature Feature Week 4 This week, diver, freediver and snorkeller Anya is introducing us to another underwater resident: "I am lucky enough to spend my working days on and under the water and get to spend time in a wonderful environment. I'd like to introduce you to a majestic and elegant creature that I will never get tired of seeing - the Thornback Ray – "Raja clavate". We have several different rays in our waters, but the Thornback is the most often encountered by divers and fisherman. This nocturnal hunter spends the day buried in the sand and has evolved over time so when buried, as...
Posted on June 02nd 2020Category: Blog

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