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Saturday, 25 June 2011

Greater Weever Fish

Great Weever Fish caught off Peninnis. This is a common fish on the Scilly shores and it spends most of the time actually buried under the sea bed with just its venomous dorsal fin showing above the sandy bottom. If you step on one of these fish, the pain is usually described as excruciating as the spines embed into the human flesh and discharge their venom. The pain is at its most intense for the first two hours when the foot goes red and swells up and is then it feels numb until the following day with irritation and pain that may last for up to two weeks. Sometimes, the spine breaks off in the foot and it will cause discomfort until it is removed. 

The fish's mouth itself is in an unusual position on its head, oblique and almost vertical and contains some of the most sharp and vicious looking teeth in the undersea world. Luckily it only reaches about 15 cm long. 

A juvenile Swallow was waiting to be fed at the campsite and a family of 8 Great Tit were on the dead pine walk, Garrison 

   Yesterday at 19.00, Robin and I were seawatching off Giant's Castle in a F5-6 SW, but two hours later the only birds of note was a Sooty Shearwater (20.02) and 2 Puffin with small numbers of Manx Shearwater and Gannet. A quick look at Porth Hellick found the first returning Greenshank. 
  Earlier on, 2 Meadow Brown Butterfly on the dead pine walk, Garrison, were my first of the year.

Meadow Brown at the Garrison  

Dark Arches at Star Castle 

A fly sp? covered in pollen 

Any ideas what these top two species are?  

Common Green Caspid 

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