UPY 2016 British Waters Macro - Highly Commended

Mark N Thomas

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UPY 2016 British Waters Macro - Highly Commended
'Shanny' - Mark N Thomas

Shanny are widespread and common fish, often seen by divers, hiding in nooks and crannies on rocks and piers. Their mottled colouring provides excellent camouflage. They are very inquisitive and when approached with care will often come out of their hiding places to investigate the strange bubble blowing creature trying to take their photo. This nosey little shanny was one of several hiding in a small breakwater in the shallows off Criccieth beach. I spent some time at the end of a warm, summer dive watching these shanny wriggling around the barnacle covered structure. After a while they overcame their fear of me and my cumbersome equipment and I was able to take several close up photos of this charismatic little fish.

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