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Blenny (lipophrys Pholis)

Karl Midlane (May)



Also known as a Shanny or Sea Frog (because sometimes they sit on rocks in the sun next to rock pools and hop frog like in to the safety of the water if disturbed)
The commonest of fish to be found on the sea shore all around the British coast, they can survive out of the water for long periods of time by holding water in there gill cavity and are often found at low tide hiding under rocks or seaweed.
They have sharp teeth and powerful jaws that they use to chew the barnacles off rocks or crunch dead crabs.
It is the male that looks after the young and he can spend six weeks fanning the eggs with water until they hatch, during which time they will hardly eat, this leaves them so desperate for food that they will try to eat almost anything that comes to hand including blenny eggs.
I find they remind me of some of the first animals to leave the sea and crawl up on to land to live, learning to breathe air and eventually evolving in to creatures like me.






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