Big fish found on beach

Lancashire Telegraph: DOGGED: Poole resident Nick Knight discovered this four-foot-long starry smoothhound washed up on Sandbanks. Here his dog Eddie investigates the find DOGGED: Poole resident Nick Knight discovered this four-foot-long starry smoothhound washed up on Sandbanks. Here his dog Eddie investigates the find

JUST in case you needed a clue – it’s a type of dogfish.

This impressive specimen was discovered washed up on Sandbanks Beach by Poole resident Nick Knight.

Nick, who was walking his dog, Eddie, was left wandering exactly what it was following yesterday’s encounter.

“I was walking the dog and we just came across it,” he told the Daily Echo. “I thought it may be alive at first but when I got nearer I could tell it was clearly dead.

“We were close to Shore Road at the time. “I have seen a smaller one before, about half the size, that washed up on the harbour side at Sandbanks. But I’ve never seen one quite this big.”

Nick, who has lived in the Poole area for 15 years, said: “I’d be interested in finding out exactly what it was. At one point I thought Eddie was going to try and eat it, but he just had a sniff and walked off.”

The dead fish – later confirmed as a starry smoothhound – was about four feet long.

Nick later joked: “It was a bit too large for my pan I’m afraid.”

Sarah Barker, aquatics & mammal supervisor at Bournemouth Oceanarium said: “Sightings such as these are great to raise awareness to locals of the fantastic and diverse aquatic creatures that live around our coastlines.

“The smoothhound species of shark are abundant around the UK, however, many would be surprised that a fish of this size could be found so commonly in our waters.”

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12:12pm Sat 13 Apr 13

madras says...

Stop press - fish live (and die) in the sea....
Stop press - fish live (and die) in the sea.... madras

12:18pm Sat 13 Apr 13

username is already in use says...

caught loads of these
caught loads of these username is already in use

12:26pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Derf says...

I think the council should ban dog fish on the beach...
I think the council should ban dog fish on the beach... Derf

12:41pm Sat 13 Apr 13

madras says...

Was it dead, or just floundering?
Was it dead, or just floundering? madras

1:09pm Sat 13 Apr 13

spooki says...

madras wrote:
Was it dead, or just floundering?
Something a bit fishy about this one. Did they put it on the scales?

This could be a winner for fishy puns!
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: Was it dead, or just floundering?[/p][/quote]Something a bit fishy about this one. Did they put it on the scales? This could be a winner for fishy puns! spooki

1:41pm Sat 13 Apr 13

l'anglais says...

Jeez

The editor of the echo would have wet himself if he had seen the Seal that what was there in the Summer of '74
Jeez The editor of the echo would have wet himself if he had seen the Seal that what was there in the Summer of '74 l'anglais

2:47pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Turtlebay says...

Better not let him near the Dolphin Centre then!
Better not let him near the Dolphin Centre then! Turtlebay

2:47pm Sat 13 Apr 13

MrPitiful says...

Coach driver wipes glasses clean & a big fish found washed up on the beach.

How much does the paper cost to buy if you buy it in a newsagent?
Coach driver wipes glasses clean & a big fish found washed up on the beach. How much does the paper cost to buy if you buy it in a newsagent? MrPitiful

2:50pm Sat 13 Apr 13

jakeysredd says...

SHARK ,ring the bell , everyone out of the water !!!! tourism ruined for another year,
SHARK ,ring the bell , everyone out of the water !!!! tourism ruined for another year, jakeysredd

3:56pm Sat 13 Apr 13

BIGTONE says...

£1fish
£1fish BIGTONE

7:40pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Mudefordman says...

You need some big chips to go with that fish
You need some big chips to go with that fish Mudefordman

6:12am Sun 14 Apr 13

Phixer says...

Derf wrote:
I think the council should ban dog fish on the beach...
They should be kept on a leash during the summer months.
[quote][p][bold]Derf[/bold] wrote: I think the council should ban dog fish on the beach...[/p][/quote]They should be kept on a leash during the summer months. Phixer

11:54am Sun 14 Apr 13

Edna Cheese (Mrs) says...

Two birds standing on a perch. One says 'Can you smell fish?'
Two birds standing on a perch. One says 'Can you smell fish?' Edna Cheese (Mrs)

12:53pm Sun 14 Apr 13

GAHmusic says...

I remember a whale washing up near Bournemouth pier years ago, now that was big
I remember a whale washing up near Bournemouth pier years ago, now that was big GAHmusic

10:38pm Sun 14 Apr 13

ashleycross says...

Two smoothounds methinks-
Soz I know not up to the standard of previous posts for this story-where is scrumpy jack when you need him?
Two smoothounds methinks- Soz I know not up to the standard of previous posts for this story-where is scrumpy jack when you need him? ashleycross

8:03am Mon 15 Apr 13

l'anglais says...

Phixer wrote:
Derf wrote:
I think the council should ban dog fish on the beach...
They should be kept on a leash during the summer months.
What the council?
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Derf[/bold] wrote: I think the council should ban dog fish on the beach...[/p][/quote]They should be kept on a leash during the summer months.[/p][/quote]What the council? l'anglais

10:21am Mon 15 Apr 13

Branksome Boy says...

No just Elaine Atkinson!
No just Elaine Atkinson! Branksome Boy

8:26pm Mon 15 Apr 13

stone dweller says...

ashleycross wrote:
Two smoothounds methinks-
Soz I know not up to the standard of previous posts for this story-where is scrumpy jack when you need him?
Wheres' little peter


Sorry. that sounds a bit rude
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: Two smoothounds methinks- Soz I know not up to the standard of previous posts for this story-where is scrumpy jack when you need him?[/p][/quote]Wheres' little peter Sorry. that sounds a bit rude stone dweller

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