Red Band-Fish

These mysterious ribbon-shaped fish are most often found in deep water such as Scottish sealochs.

At Lundy they occur in much shallower water (about 30 m below sea level) in a tiny area of sandy seabed around the Knoll Pins. Marine biologists are not sure why this population exists at Lundy. Because the water is so shallow the fish are best spotted when diving at night-time. Red-band fish’s almost eel-like body is a very bright orange-red body colour with the long fins running along the top and bottom of the body an almost neon blue in colour. These funny looking fish actually dig deep burrows in the sandy seabed. They spend most of the day hiding inside their burrows but can sometimes be found with their heads poking out, snapping at small prey in the water.

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