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Fish

There are many different species of fish at Loch Fyne, here are images of a selection which have been spotted by divers enjoying the underwater scenery with Loch Fyne Dive Charters.

Long spined sea scorpion or bullhead.Long spined sea scorpion or bullheads.

These are predators that will eat prawns, molluscs and other fish. Despite their small size they are aggressive and will attack fish bigger than themselves.

They lie in wait for prey, camouflaged against rocks and weed before striking out at anything that passes.



Ballan Wrasse

The ballan wrasse or simply wrasse, Labrus bergylta, is a wrasse of the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. Its maximum length is 66 cm. All ballan wrasses are female for their first eight years before a few change into males. Large ballans are almost certainly male.

Ballen Wrasse survive mainly on shellfish and will eat crustaceans, mussels, crabs and even barnacles which they prize off rocks with their powerful teeth and jaws.

Pollock


Pollock

The pollock is a North Atlantic fish of the cod family, Gadidae. It is known as saithe, or coalfish, in Europe. The pollock is an elongated fish, deep green with a pale lateral line and a pale belly. It has a small chin barbel and, like the cod, has three dorsal and two anal fins. A carnivorous, lively, usually schooling fish, it grows to about 1.1 m (3.5 feet) in length and 16 kg (35 pounds) in weight.


Cuckoo WrasseMale Cuckoo Wrasse.

The cuckoo wrasse is found all round the British coast from just below the water down to 200m.

This species has the ability to change sex with males and females having very distinct colouration.

Male cuckoo wrasse are highly coloured and easily identifiable.

You can also find the Squat Lobster, lots of Scallops, large whelks and edible crabs.

Squat Lobster Scallop Whelk Edible crab

Large brilliantly coloured sponges, sea squirts, feather starfish, sunstars and brittle starfish are everywhere.