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Thornback Ray

found in coastal waters of Europe and the Atlantic coast of western Africa and Mediterranean Sea coast of North Africa. It is native possibly as far south as Namibia and South Africa. Its natural habitats are open large seas and shallow seas. It is sometimes seen trapped in large estuarine pools at low tide. The thornback ray is probably one of the most common rays encountered by divers.Habitat The thornback ray is usually found on sedimentary seabeds such as mud, sand or gravel at depths between 10–60 metres (33–197 ft). Juvenile fish feed on small crustaceans, particularly amphipods and bottom-living shrimps; adults feed on crabs, shrimps and small fish.

Common Smooth Hound

The common smooth-hound (Mustelus mustelus) is a houndshark of the family Triakidae. It is found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean from the British Isles to South Africa, and in the Mediterranean Sea, Madeira, and the Canary Islands at depths ranging from 5 m to 625 m (although they usually stay at depths between 5-50m). While they can grow to 200 cm, their usual maximum size is 150 cm. They commonly grow to 100–120 cm with a birth length around 35 cm. The reproduction of commons smooth-hounds is viviparous.


The European plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) is a right-eyed flounder belonging to the Pleuronectidae family. They are a commercially important flatfish which lives on the sandy bottoms of the European shelf. They range geographically from the Barents Sea to the Mediterranean. European plaice are characterised by their smooth brown skin, with distinctive red spots and bony ridge behind the eyes. They feed on polychaetes, crustaceans and bivalves and can be found at depths up to 200 metres. At night they move into shallow waters to feed, and during the day they bury themselves in the sand. Their maximum recorded length is 100 cm (39.4 inches), and maximum reported age 50 years.


Turbot are a large flatfish, and generally prefer sandy and muddy seabeds. They can also be found around light mixed and broken ground, and will even be found around rough ground if a source of food is present there. Turbot come into shallower water in the spring and early summer and this is by far the best time for the shore angler to target them. They will, however, be turbot to be caught for most of the rest of the year, with only the coldest few months of winter seeing turbot uncatchable from the shore as they disappear into deeper water. Turbot are hunters and feed mostly on small fish. In summer they will take sandeels, sprats and even smaller mackerel which are abundant at that time of year. In winter they will feed on species such as whiting and rockling, as well as taking crabs and prawns if they are present. Turbot are very similar looking to brill, with the main differences being that turbot have an almost completely circular body and rougher skin than the brill. To complicate matters further brill and turbot hybrids are known to exist in some parts of the world.

Grey Mullet

Grey mullet have an upper lip that is thick, prominent and hard, giving it the nickname “thick-lipped” mullet. The fish belongs to a large family of marine fishes, made up of some 80 species, known collectively as Muglidae. Since the fish lives in shallow waters close to the shore, Europeans have been catching and eating mullet since antiquity. Grey mullet are dark green to bluish grey on their backs with silvery grey sides and a white belly. Six to seven distinct dark-coloured bands also run long the body lengthwise. The fish averages from two to four kilograms and is strong, sturdily built with thick, hard scales. As an algae eater, grey mullet is a very clean, vegetarian fish whose roe are also considered a delicacy. Slow-growing, long-lived and late-maturing, grey mullet is one of three mullet species which occur in northern European waters. These fish can live to a reported age of up to 25 years

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