The John Dory grows up to 40cms and is a striking fish which cannot be confused with any other species. More common on southern and western shores of the UK but occasionally found in the North Sea (as this one was). Although tall in appearance, its profile is quite thin and as it hangs in the kelp, which is always swaying about, it can be quite difficult to spot. It is an expert hunter and uses this to approach small fish on which it preys – by moving imperceptibly and keeping head-on, the John Dory gets within range and then shoots out its articulated jaws which form a tube and can reach a surprising distance. Despite its somewhat gruesome appearance, the flesh is good eating and commands a premium price.
North Sea. St. Abbs Marine Reserve