Butterfish (Pholis gunnellus) out of water?

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These fabulous fish are found living happily along the sea shore and can be found among the rocks at low tides in north-west Europe. They are highly unusual in that when caught in low water they are still able to breathe using their gills! The characteristic spots along their back may act as ‘false eyes’ to unnerve predators.

Image: LSR

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