The smallest fish found in the waters of the Shetland Islands


Europe’s smallest marine fish, also known as bull Gillet, was first discovered in the waters of the Shetland Islands.

Divers equipped with special equipment photographed a small fish during the study of marine life around the Shetland Islands. Previously, the goby Gillet was seen only three times in British waters, and never before in Scotland.

The discovery was published in the next issue of the journal Marine Biodiversity Records. Water Shetland Islands more known for attracting tourists such as dolphins and whales. However, independent marine biologists Dr. Richard Shaksmit (Richard Shucksmith) and Rachel Hope (Rachel Hope) to document the existence of the smallest species of fish that have become their unusual discovery.

They took pictures of marine gobies (Lebetus guilleti) in the waters of the Scottish peninsula Lunna Ness while scuba diving this summer.

"We are in the head and had no idea what we would find such a rare fish and that this species of marine fish will be the smallest in Europe" - said Dr. Shaksmit.

"When Rachel found a calf, she realized that it was an unusual type of fish to make sure that it took a few shots, so we were able to be home with the help of pictures completely identify the type" - he added.

Experienced divers were initially puzzled by his discovery, and to confirm it took them a lot of effort. "Because of its rarity photos of this fish species was not in any one of the identification documents (ID), but with the help of a friend of the scientist, in the final analysis, it was found that this is a rare fish" - said Shaksmit.

In the waters of the British Isles, the marine goby was seen only twice in the British Channel, and once around the Isle of Man. Prior to the opening in Scotland, a rare species of fish were recorded in the area of sea between Sweden and Denmark.

Marine goby Gillet, the maximum size of which was 24 mm, has been identified as a species in 1971. There is relatively little information about these fishes, possibly because of their small size and secretive nature. "Very small size, the mysterious color and the ability to hide among the fragments of shells makes this very difficult for a full investigation," - concluded Dr. Shaksmit.

The information registered to date have established that a rough sea bed of gravel, is the main habitat of the fish.

Original: News Translation: M. Potter

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