Sea robin caught in Connaigre Bay

Unusual fish a rare sight in Atlantic Canadian waters

Clayton Hunt
Published on September 27, 2013
This sea robin was caught by Chesley Lambert in Connaigre Bay. — Photo by Clayton Hunt/The Coaster

Chesley Lambert caught a very rare fish in Newfoundland waters when he was scallop fishing in Connaigre Bay.

The sea robin, while found in warm waters around the world, is more prevalent off the coast of New England than in Atlantic Canadian waters.

Lambert saw something different in his scallop rake, which turned out to be a sea robin.

Lambert, who has been fishing for about 35 years, said that he has never seen a fish like this in the waters off the south coast.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica website, sea robins are common in warm and temperate seas.

They are armoured, with bony heads and two dorsal fins.

“Their pectoral fins are fan-shaped, with the bottom few rays each forming separate feelers. These feelers are used by the fishes in ‘walking’ on the bottom and in sensing mollusks, crustaceans, and other bottom-dwelling prey,” the site says.

Sea robins are generally brightly-coloured, and some have patterned pectoral fins.

According to the encyclopedia, these fish can produce audible sounds. The largest species of sea robin grows about to about 70 centimetres long.

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