Sea Fishing

Rare fish found at Honsea

One-metre long (3ft and 3in) rare fish washed up on a Yorkshire beach at Hornsea, UK.

The Deal Fish was found on the beach by Hornsea resident Allan Dougal and his son.


The Deal Fish was found on the beach by Hornsea resident Allan Dougal and his son. They said they found the fish at the water's edge and after clearing its gills of sand it was returned to the sea where it swam away.

Marine biologists say the rare fish, known as Deal Fish, usually inhabits the open ocean at depths of up to 1,000 metres such are colder waters north of Scotland.

Prof Mike Elliot, from the University of Hull, said the adults could be up to 2.4m (8ft) long.

He explained: "It may have been stranded on the shores. They go down in deeper water of about 200 to 1,000 metres deep, they are oceanic fish.
"They are rare in the North Sea, North of Scotland would be a bit more common.
"They are a northern species, but with global warming I'd expect a move even further north.
"This fish is probably a three-year-old fish according to data I can see.
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