National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

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Something fishy

boar fishI recently found this strange little fish washed up dead on Studland Beach. I had never seen one before, but the Dorset Wildlife Trust Marine Officer was able to tell me that it was a boar fish, an impressive name for such a tiddler that only grows up to 55 millimetres.
Apparently it is usually a deep water fish so quite unusual to find one in shallow water. They have been found in the area before – one on Bournemouth beach a few years back and another one previous to this at Kimmeridge – but this seems to be the first record for Studland.