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We welcome back a fishy guest

Always a place to find the weird and wonderful from the underwater world, the house reef has welcomed a repeat guest back this month – a Striped Shrimp fish (aka Razor fish) has been spotted in the bay once more.

These fish are related to the sea horse, and in common with them they have no scales, just bony plates that lie under the skin like a suit of armour.  However, this does make them a little rigid so instead of swimming ‘normally’, they glide gently controlled by fins that move so quickly that the naked eye cannot see them.

They are normally spotted close to the bottom, in small synchronised groups. Adults grow to about 6in, so our specimen in the bay is still a juvenile, measuring about 3in.