This Grey Triggerfish measured
21 cm overall (caudal peduncle to the mouth), with the tail adding a further
5 cm. It weighed 250 g and was in very good condition when it was washed
up dead on Portreath
in fine condition were discovered inhabiting the undersea chalk cliff face
known as the Worthing Lumps, about 3 miles off the Sussex coast. About
15 adult fish were found, most of them inhabiting the rock crannies in
the clear cold (12° C) water, but one fish ventured out into the open.
Divers rarely have the opportunity to observe Triggerfish in the winter
because of the inclement weather restricts the diving opportunities.
18th November, we dived at a site locally
known as the Worthing lumps off of Sussex. GPS N50º 43' 56'. W000º
three miles south of Worthing.
key feature of this site is the meandering chalk cliff.
this area, dived today, the cliff stood at approx. 3m high in 16m depth
of water. The visibility was a very good 6m and the water temperature was
12ºc. We dived at 12 pm on a 6.1m high tide (measured at Shoreham,
High Tide at 1.02 pm).
swam along the foot of the cliff into a slight current following it's contour.
I tucked into a 4m wide "cove" in the cliff and came face to face with
three Grey Triggerfish hovering together. I had to do a double take as
I could not believe I was seeing these fish right here on our doorstep.
Triggers disappeared but the remaining fish took such an interest in my
camera (probably it's own reflection?) that it allowed me to stroke it
down it's side (don't ask me why, this is not the Blue Planet!) This fish
gave me a real good look-over
was even ok when our bubbles passed over it.
was a vertical, 30 cm wide crack in the cliff which had six Triggers sheltering
in. Further along the cliff face we found another gap which contained seven
more Trigs' In all, a total of fifteen were counted.
the Triggerfish IMHO were adult, in good healthy condition with no physical
damage I.E. scars or wounds and appeared to be as alert as any other Triggerfish
I have seen earlier in the year.
Diving on the Royal
Adelaide with two friends, I discovered that 30+ Triggerfish were still
walking on the shoreline east of White Rock (La Tour de Rozel) I came across
a dead Trigger fish which appeared to have had most of its flesh eaten
away by rats, it was near the spring tide high water mark of last week,
which would concur with my view on the approximate date of death. From
what remained of the fish it appeared to have been healthy and there were
no apparent signs of death, I would estimate the weight to have been under
500 g ( 14 oz) when alive.
winds have been onshore on this NE corner of Jersey all week.
fish have been caught in the nearby area by shore anglers, and Les Dirouilles
where potters report catching trigger fish is only a distance of four miles
to the north.
Cheers Nicolas Jouault
from snow free Jersey ( cold enough for it)
weather turns colder with nights below zero ° C, scores of dead Triggerfish
have been washed up dead on the Cornish coast.
Davis found 13 dead Triggerfish
scattered along the strandline at Perranporth, Cornwall. They varied from
15 to 18 inches in length at were found at grid ref. SW 7657 and adjacent
Topsett found another eleven stranded Triggerfish
- this time at Portreath, Cornwall.
washed up below below Halany, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly (SV 908125) by
Carol Richards found eight dead Triggerfish
at Gwithian (between Magor Rocks (SW 582423) and Strap Rocks (SW
577416). One brought to me measured 23 cm between the front of head
and start of the tail fin.
and Jane Darke found 1 at Watergate, (SW 86),
3 at Mawgan Porth (SW 8467) and 2 at Porthcothan (SW 8572).
the same date, Ed Schliffke
found 2 at Harlyn (SW 8775) and one at Treyarnon: (SW 8574) they
measured 15 , 20 and 25 cm, measured to end of tail, not including filaments.
Triggerfish washed up at Porth Hellick (SV 928105) Isles of Scilly , by
Hathway. Porth Hellick is on the eastern side of the largest island
of St. Mary's and is a sandy bay surrounded by rocky areas.
capriscus, are washed up dead on Cornish shores. The Hocking
family (Sue, Richard, Emma and Rebecca) found
eight Triggerfish on Porthtowan beach, Cornwall.
of Scilly Reports:
Bar, Gugh, St Agnes: SV8860840 Paul
Loo, St Mary's SV908114 Paul Watts
Minnick, St Mary's SV917101 Ian Wrigley
Town Beach, St Mary's SV913102 Ren Hathway
and Ian Wrigley
more Triggerfish on Portreath beach, Cornwall. Both fish are in good condition
and the same size, they measure from the mouth to caudal peduncle 27 cm,
and L.O.A. 35 cm.(Report by Stephen
has been an almost complete absence of Triggerfish reports this year, although
the fish was becoming so common that people may have neglected to send
in the reports.
seven brought in last year to the aquarium (Axmouth
- Sea Discovery Centre), but no one has seen a single specimen this
no Triggerfish when diving the Royal Adelaide
a few weeks ago (September 2002)
which is the first time I haven't seen any for years. One or two
have been seen but not in the numbers previously seen.
None were seen under Palace
Pier, Brighton, although a special check was not made in the are inhabited
by Triggerfish on a previous occasion.
of my diving companions spotted a Triggerfish on a dive off Logan Rock
near Lands End, Cornwall, in shallow water dive between 7 and 14 metres.
Triggerfish seen on Worthing Lumps, Sussex, although
seen and photographed there in November 2001.
None under Mumbles
Pier, near Swansea, and only a handful (five known) caught in Oxwich
Bay, SW Wales.
partner and I saw 20 to 30 Triggerfish at a dive site called Hen
& Chicks in Pembrokeshire West
Wales. They are here every season from June till about August, so was surprised
to still see them this late. Water temperature was 19° C.
on Perranporth Beach, Cornwall
and Tricia Nicholson saw a dead Triggerfish
on Perranporth beach, Cornwall, estimated at being between
25 and 30 cm. It was about half-way across the beach (on the Perranporth
side of Flat Rocks). The eyes were missing, but apart from that it
dog discovered a Triggerfish,
Balistes capriscus, are washed
up dead on the beach between Seascale and Sellafield (Cumbria). I recognised
the body shape and the shell crunching type of teeth - this was confirmed
by looking it up in my copy of the Readers
Digest 'Field Guide to the Water Life of Britain'. It was 25 cm (10
in) long (including the tail fin).
this far north are unusual, although there have been specimens washed up
on much more northerly Scottish islands.
Album (Peter Glanvill)
Balistes capriscus, on the Adelaide yesterday
but one looks
like one I have seen in previous years - it has a very prominent scar on
its forehead. If have decent photo will attempt comparison.
return to Mumbles (see
Pier, Swansea, Wales, I encountered a large Triggerfish whilst hunting
for nudibranchs. It was quite a large individual
at least a foot long. The Trigger was quite tame and swam up to me until
it was, at most, a couple of feet away and then it swam off.
kept a look out for others during my hunt but failed to spot any!
diver, Steve Knowles,
Balistes capriscus, seen at about 15
metres off Little Ness on the east coast of the Isle of Man. Triggerfish
have been reported before off the Isle of Man, but they are not common.
was washed up dead on Ringaskiddy slip in Cork Harbour. It is about 9 inches
long overall , I have the corpse in my freezer.
I am involved with the Irish
Federation of Sea Anglers so I was approached to identify it. I had seen
pictures of one previously.
the winter, one is washed up dead at Watergate, one at Treyarnon and one
at Constantine, (all Cornwall) all medium sized and fresh.
were found dead on the beach at Gwithian, Cornwall.
Tip of nose to extreme end of tail - 39 cm
Tip of nose to crutch of tail - 33 cm
Tip of nose to extreme end of tail - 37 cm
Tip of nose to crutch of tail - 31 cm
had eyes missing & other scavenger damage.
Port Open Day
Fish Festival display included a Triggerfish,
capriscus, caught off Sussex the previous day.
and Report (Link)
is caught in a net by a French visitor to Les
Écréhous in the Channel Islands.
week I saw two Triggerfish
whilst snorkelling off the north west coast of Guernsey.
were together, over sand, in 15 feet of water, in approximately 1 knot
of them appeared scarred with parts of its fins damaged.
seemed very tame, i.e. I could approach them to within almost touching
distance. (This could explain why one looked like it had been in a fight
this normal for Triggerfish, and if so why?
they at the northern end of their range and therefore effected by the colder
little girl and I found a triggerfish of about 20 cm lying in the shallowest
part of a gravel-bottomed rock pool at Saie Harbour on the North East coast
of Jersey. This was at midday, and the tide was returning. The fish
was very languid and only flapped mildly when transferred to a bucket,
erecting the front spine several times. It appeared to have some skin and
scale damage, possibly from the sun or scuffing on the gravel bed of the
pool, and the area around the spine appeared a little bloody. We returned
it to a rock channel of shallow water and it circled us slowly, brushing
against and passing between the legs of my little girl, before I tried
to chase it out of the channel to the sea. It seemed to revive after
a few minutes back in the sea and put on several bursts of speed before
passing out of the rocky channel into open water.
had only guessed that the fish was a Triggerfish before positively identifying
it on your site.
hope this information is of some use. I also hope that our "friendly" fish
makes a full recovery!
capriscus, we saw underneath the Palace Pier,
Brighton, were of different sizes the larger being darker in colour and
about 30 cm from tooth to tail. They both looked healthy and lively. No
signs of feeding, i.e. broken Mussel shells or
Crab leftovers. Water temp 20° C, depth
I was on the coast at Cwm
Nash near Monknash in South Wales south of Bridgend last Wednesday
talking to a Bass angler when he hooked and landed a Trigger Fish (SS 901702).
Looking in books in our Monks Wood library and pictures on the the internet
I am sure that it
was a Grey Trigger Fish
(Balistes capriscus). I looked on the internet for who might be
interested in the record and recognised the email address as yours!
being on your web site trying to find info on Triggerfish
I was surprised to see they were so wide spread, my husband and myself
often fish of the Mumbles Pier
south west Wales and only last week my husband caught a triggerfish
the weight was just over 4 lb in weight we did not measure the fish
so I cannot give you the length there have been a lot of Triggerfish caught
off the pier the smallest I have seen has been about 1½
lb. We have noticed that when you bring the fish out of the water the
other Triggerfish seem to follow
have see in the region of 20 plus fish following one that has been caught.
bait we have been using are mackerel, squid and worm but they seem
to prefer the squid, I hope this email helps in your observations
on the Triggerfish.
I caught a Triggerfish
on a rod and line without out knowing what it was at first, near Hengistbury
Head near Bournemouth, Dorset. There were three of them swimming together
in the shallow water.
by Lin Roberts
and Holly Marriott went crab fishing from
the outer harbour wall at Padstow with their Dad in late August. They were
very surprised to see a large fish following their bacon bait as they pulled
it in but were unable to identify it. Soon however they caught one with
Mackerel bait and were then able to identify it as a large Triggerfish,
it was the size of a dinner plate and approximately 2 lb in weight.
They caught two more and a boy next to them caught one more, one was slightly
bigger in size the other two smaller but about 1½ lb in weight.
Each time they caught one it was followed to the surface by another so
there must have been a shoal of them there.
was probably our most exciting crab fishing trip ever. We had read in the
newspaper before our holiday that there were more triggerfish about but
never expected to see one!
Sark, Channel Islands (N 49.42 / W02.36), some local rod & line fishermen
have been catching significant numbers of Trigger
Fish from the shore in mainly shallow
waters above rocky bottoms. Most catches appear to have occurred
immediately before of just after high water. The first catches started
about two weeks ago in early August. The fish sizes have varied and
have not, as yet, been recorded very accurately. Most of the fish
have been returned to the sea.
caught the Triggerfish
below on Saturday 21/8/04 just off Aberthaw power station in south Wales.
and have unidentified it thanks to your site. It was caught using a Ragworm
and squid bait. It was put back alive. Sorry but I didn't measure or weight
- October 2004
10 cm long, have been caught from Weymouth Pier. This may prove, or at
least give a very strong indication, that they are breeding off Dorset.
2004 to January 2005
are at least a dozen reports of at least 16 Triggerfish,
capriscus, being found washed up dead
on Cornish beaches, and these are probably only a fraction of the actual
Strandings in Cornwall
were also reports from the Channel Islands.
found a Triggerfish,
capriscus, on the Daymer
Bay Beach, north Cornwall.
was about 40 - 50 cm long. Two other dead and smaller specimens were found
on the north coast of Cornwall near Polzeath and on one of the beaches
capriscus, were in shallow water in
Quarry, Torquay, Devon, patrolling around in threes. We caught
two on road and line from the shore, both around a kilogram in weight.
I caught a monster Triggerfish
rod and line off Oxwich Point in south Wales in two metres of water. It
was around 4.5 lb in weight. But it made such a hell of a fight,
I thought I had caught a large Bass. The fish
was returned to the sea unhandled.
Life Reports (Sussex)
had washed up dead on the beach west
of Grand Avenue Worthing West Sussex, and the fish was beginning to smell
2006 4:30 pm
along Cornish coastline, Rame
Head Peninsula. Amazing. I had no idea what it was till researched
on internet. It was about approximately 35 - 40 cm (taking into account
25% goggle effect), great condition and swimming alone.
for the record was diving at Devil's Point, Plymouth, and spotted two Triggerfish,
capriscus, sheltering in a crevice at about 10
metres depth. They seemed to have a much bluer coloration than those seen
off Chesil Beach and, interestingly, were much the same colour as trigger
fish I have seen on Bawden Rocks in Cornwall.
capriscus, was discovered washed up on Castletown
beach, near Thurso, on the extreme northerly tip of mainland Scotland.
These southern fish a now regularly seen in the English Channel but are
unusual so far north and was not immediately recognised by the local people.
capriscus, was discovered washed up dead with
the strandline debris on the beach of Chesil
of the strandline between Sennen
and Gwenver on the
west coast of Cornwall near Land's End discovered about fifty Violet
Janthina, seven dead
capriscus. and one Gulfweed
Crab, Planes minutus, on a polystyrene
float covered with Goose Barnacles,
and two Skate egg cases.
were discovered on Perranporth
beach, south Cornwall.
was discovered on Rottingdean beach east of Brighton
amongst dozens of dead Starfish, Asteria
was discovered on to Ynyslas
Beach near Aberystwyth, Wales with Goose
By-the-Wind Sailors, Velella.
was found on Constantine
Bay beach, north Cornwall. (SW 858 748)
found a dead Triggerfish,
after the tide had just turned the way down to Liniclate
beach on the Isle
of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, western Scotland. Triggerfish
are not so often found this far north.
found a fresh dead Triggerfish,
beach in Cornwall. It was about 30 cm long.
found another one twice the size of the one in the photograph.
capriscus, was found dead at Splash Point, Seaford,
It was about 30 cm long with its dorsal and pectoral fins rotted away,
leaving the two dorsal fin spines but otherwise intact. Seaford
Bay faces south west: there has been an almost continuous period of high
winds and heavy seas since before Christmas
capriscus, were washed ashore dead on Croyde
Beach, North Devon.
capriscus, was washed on the beach at Aberdyfi
(=Aberdovey) in north-west Wales. It was dead with its eyes missing but
otherwise intact and was estimated to weigh about 500 grams.
a dead Triggerfish,
on the strandline between Clymping
and Littlehampton West Beach, West Sussex.
It looked like it had been dead for quite a long time.
young daughter spotted a young Herring Gull pecking a dead fish at the
waters edge in Epple Bay, north Kent, at low tide.
It was a Triggerfish,
I have never seen one before and, browsing through your web page it looks
as though no-one else has seen one this far east before. It's been
rough here over the past few days, but offshore, so I'd be surprised if
it was forced aground. It is in the fridge now, waiting for the local
coastal project chappy to come along and positively ID it. I've taken
pics, but they're on film so not ready for a while. I've dropped
a trammel down to see if there are any more or if this is a one off.
Topography is sand/mud/chalk with the chalk being smothered in Mussels
and Portuguese Oysters. I'll send you a scan of the prints when they're
done and let you know if I catch any. What are they like to eat?
This one's past it: the slightly high smell suggests dead about 1 to 2
found a Triggerfish,
washed up on Llangennith
Beach near Gower, Swansea, south Wales. It measured approx. 8 inches long,
with its teeth and spines still intact.
am not sure if this was a Triggerfish,
but we believe so. We caught it in the estuary if the River
Yealm, Devon, on Sunday. My 21 year old daughter Charlotte
it messing around with a mackerel feather line,
We let it go alive.
netted a Triggerfish,
on the Solway Firth, Scotland. It was an unusual catch that I identified
using your web page.
have just returned from our family holiday on the Isle
of Mull, on
the west Coast of Scotland. Whilst out walking on the stony beach down
from Kilninian Schoolhouse
(north/west coast of Mull), I nearly stood upon a
capriscus, which had obviously been washed up
on the shore. Not knowing much about fish, I thought it looked like a piranha!!!
(silly me!). We went out on a fishing trip two days later and I asked the
skipper if he knew what kind of fish it was. He immediately said it looked
like a Triggerfish,
said he'd never seen one but had heard of divers spotting one at a wreck
off the coast of Mull.
found a partially dried up Triggerfish,
on Waterville Beach (County Kerry, Ireland) in
the afternoon. It measured 26 cm in length.
found the Triggerfish,
pictured on the beach at Gott
Bay, Isle of Tiree, Inner
Hebrides, Scotland, whilst on holiday. We'd never seen one before
but after a recent trip to a library we identified it and further online
research brought us to your website. Interesting that the pictures
on your site of those found on 17 August 2007
and 28 January 2007
show the same hole on the side of the fish that ours had. Perhaps
this is in the stomach region and would decay first after the fish has
died. Terrific teeth!
Balistes capriscus, was found
dead on the beach at Aberdaron,
Gwynedd. It measured about 25 centimetres.
Balistes capriscus, was caught
on rod and line just off of the otter mouth on the eastern end of Budleigh
Salterton, Devon, on a live sand eel at slack water. It was approx.
30 cm long and estimated to weigh 1 kg.
daughter, Ellie Styles,
found this Triggerfish,
washed up on Big Strand Beach, Isle
of Islay, Inner Hebrides.
caught 11 Triggerfish,
angling just 500 metres off Hengistbury,
Dorset. We also lost several on the way up. Quite often as we reeled in
a fish another would follow it right to the surface. They were all returned
capriscus, was found washed up on shore in Dunree,
North Donegal, Ireland. The fish was about 30 cm in length.
A surfer friend of mine identified it for me from the picture. I
thought it was a very interesting find as I had never seen one before!
I have friends who live in the area where it was found. None of them
have ever seen any washed up on shore or caught any in that area while
Life of Sussex
saw three Triggerfish,
while diving the Palace Pier at Brighton,
Sussex. They were patrolling an area to the west of the main body
of the pier, some 200 metres out to sea, in 9 metres at high tide.
I was very excited…until I found your website and realized that they are
not so much an oddity as a fixture in British waters!
scuba diving, doing a Seasearch
Survey we spotted five Triggerfish,
The location was Well Rock, Bigbury
Bay, South Devon.
shoal of around 50 Triggerfish,
were sighted by Castlereagh
Sub Aqua Club in the harbour area of Malinbeg,
County Donegal, Ireland on the weekend. Two local anglers said that these
fish had been seen in the harbour for the last two or three years.
a demonstration day on the beach at Rest
Bay in Porthcawl,
south Wales, I noticed a large blob in the shallow water of the Bristol
Channel. When I went to investigate I noticed it was a dead Triggerfish,
capriscus, which looked very clean and fresh
with no damage to its body. It was about 30 cm in length.
found a Triggerfish,
floating dead close to the shore at Portstewart,
Co Derry, Northern Ireland. The fish measured 35 cm from snout to fork
of tail. It was fresh with no signs of injury. I am aware that this species
has been expanding northwards, but am not sure of its current status in
the record, a little belatedly, I know that a Triggerfish
was caught in the same location in 1976.
It was caught in the salmon net and brought to the fishing tackle shop
(where I was working) for identification. It made the local newspaper.
diving approximately a mile south west of West Bay, Dorset in 10 - 12 metres
of water, with Seahorse Dive
Club (Wiltshire), we had three separate sightings of Triggerfish,
capriscus, including a group of six of
thought you might like to see the picture of the Triggerfish,
capriscus, that my mate caught from West
Beach, Selsey, West Sussex this morning at
high tide. It was in immaculate condition, and swam away very strongly
when returned. I have never heard of Triggerfish
being caught from the beach here, and wondered if it is unusual? Very glad
your website manage to prove my identification was correct! You wouldn't
want to see much more of his face, and anyway, I was really excited by
Triggerfish, Balistes capriscus,
- Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.
holiday I was float fishing from the rocks which terminate the northern
end of the fine, sandy beach between Trabeag and Bulls Head, about 5 miles
east of Dingle Harbour, County Cork, Ireland.
was hoping to catch a bass or flounder, for which the beach is a well-known
angling location. Soon after casting into 2 - 3 metres of clear water (over
a stretch of sandy bottom between rocks rising from the sand) just before
high water (about 4 pm) I was shocked to see about 10 (to me) strange fish,
all similar in size and of the order of 25 to 35 cm long, 15 to 20 cm deep,
darting towards all the components of my fishing tackle, float, sinker,
and hook baited with mussel. One of them managed to nibble the mussel off
my hook without getting the hook into it's mouth, and when I reeled in,
the whole group pursued. First it was my bright red plastic float, which
they appeared to be trying to eat voraciously, making it bounce about and
the water boil! Having never experienced such piscine behaviour I
was drawn to wonder if they were attacking, attempting to eat, or simply
playing with my float. Once the float was out of the water they darted
towards the sinker and the shiny hook.
fishing skills and fish identification are limited - I usually try to catch
only one reasonably sized pollack for the grill, and just enjoy the view!
- and it being close to high water I first likened these creatures to wrasse,
whose feeding time (at and after high water) always indicates to me that
it's got too late to catch pollack, and whose "lippy" mouths are smallish
so that they often nibble my lugworm without taking the hook. Other names
came to mind - were they parrot fish, sun fish, bream? (Pictures of all
of which I had vague memories of.) It became impossible to fish for anything
else! Soon after each re-baiting and casting in, the same (or another!)
crowd of these comedians would dominate my fishing experience, and ultimately
one of them took my baited hook into its mouth, almost at the surface,
within 20 cm of the rock at my feet! Rather than attempt to spit it out
or flee, this animal appeared still determined to have its way with my
hook. Keeping my line under tension, so that the "hooked" fish was half
out of the water and actually lying on the rock, I watched as four or five
of the others splashed and thrashing around it, as if trying to "share"
the bait, rescue, or "play" with their companion. As I started to haul
the fish from the water (and it wasn't wriggling as if in fleeing terror,
just hanging onto the bait!), my hook came free and clear of the water,
and with nothing more to interest them, the group swam off, and seemed
whole scenario was repeated several times, the same or a different "tribe"
gathering a minute or two after I cast in, and I began to wonder if the
very bold "hooked" fish was simply clamping its teeth (and not its cartilage
or flesh) around my hook and bait, only releasing it when it was finally
concerned at being almost completely out of the water. (The hook was a
large one I use for "big-mouthed" pollack, and I could see that the "pretty"
lips of these fish were hardly wide enough to accommodate it all.)
some stage the supposed behaviour of piranha fish came to mind, and I began
to wonder if I would be safe in the water with these fearless and apparently
voracious creatures there! The next day I visited the (good quality) aquarium
in Dingle, and my mystery was solved when I saw a Grey Triggerfish in one
of the tanks. Identical!
caught a Triggerfish,
capriscus, in a top entry lobster pot in 30 ft
of water, sandy bottom next to large rock. west coast of Anglesey, North
Guernsey angling competition called the Specimen Fish Hunt recorded 37
capriscus, compared to nil in 2006.
This is the largest number of Triggerfish
ever submitted to the competition. On the north shore of Guernsey anglers
are reporting a large shoal of them. As anglers reel in their bait Triggerfish
were following the bait to the shore.
may have caught more than 37 Triggerfish
but they will only keep the largest to submit for weighing in the competition.
Anglers who have already caught Triggerfish
will concentrate on fishing for other species to increase the variety of
fish they enter in the competition.
capriscus, on the beach of Baleshare,
Isle of North
Uist, Western Hebrides, Scotland. Three in total this week. I have
never seen them before on Baleshare.
capriscus, were reported on several occasion
fighting each other on wrecks in Lyme Bay. The Triggerfish were seen with
lumps bitten out of each other.
by Paul Martin
am a scuba dive instructor and have observed an adult pair of Triggerfish,
capriscus, on a reef in Donegal Bay (N.W. Ireland).
They are always found in the exact same spot every time we dive (a rocky
overhang on the side of a reef). They are in about 5 metres of water and
have been there for at least 2 months. We watched them for about 10 mins
today and they were extremely tame in the presence of a group of 8 divers.
a shore dive off Seaford, East Sussex, about 300 metres out over chalk
with shallow gullies and occasional chalk boulders with Sabellaria,
a 'sleeping' Triggerfish,
capriscus, eventually swam off.
have had one report of a Triggerfish,
capriscus, on an Ayrshire beach and also caught
in lobster pots this year! They seem to be becoming
more common in Scotland.
dried out Triggerfish,
capriscus, was discovered on the beach at Machrihanish
on the west Coast of Scotland.
found a dead Triggerfish,
capriscus, on Balnakeil
Beach by Durness
(north coast of
last week, washed up following recent gales. It came in with thousands
of little jellyfish.
found washed up but still alive what I believe to be a Grey
approx. 14 inches in length washed up in strong surf at east side of beach
Cornwall at about 11:45 am.
found at least 10 Triggerfish,
capriscus, washed up on the beach at Trevaunance
Cove, St Agnes,
Cornwall. Unfortunately they were all dead, and had been washed up by gales
the previous evening.
saw a single dead Triggerfish,
capriscus, on the strandline
in the last month on three occasions, the first on the sand at Croyde,
north Devon, at 12.50 pm.
The as a metre swell and a calm sea state. Its eyes were missing
but the fish was otherwise undamaged. The other occasions were on subsequent
dates on Saunton
Beach and at Crow
Point seaward side.
capriscus, were found washed up on Sennen
rather exotic-looking fish we found on a Hebridean beach over Christmas,
was a Triggerfish,
capriscus, corpse in the attached photo was found
by my sister on the beach at Saligo
on the north-west coast of the Isle
of Islay. I initially thought it looked exactly like a some sort of
triggerfish or parrotfish, but had no idea that they were a species found
off the shores of Great Britain or Scotland, despite having studied marine
biology at university in Scotland! It was just over 30 cm long at a guess.
by Jonathan Malim
walking across Perranporth
beach, Cornwall, I spotted four dead Triggerfish,
capriscus, ranging in size from 10 inches up
to about 14 for the largest.
Reports 2008 et seq.