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Fish #51 European Anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus ~ Mark Loosemore
Digital Art 20 x 30 cm
Commonly this fish attains a length of little more than 14 centimetres. It is mainly a coastal marine species, forming large schools. The reaction of anchovies to predators is intense. A school that may be spread over several hundred metres contracts at the approach of a predator to a moving, writhing sphere of thousands of fishes only a few metres across. In such a situation the predator cannot concentrate on a single individual and may be frustrated in its attempt to catch any fish. Anchovies tend to move further north and into surface waters in summer, retreating and descending in winter. Those unfortunate not to retreat quickly enough and caught by fishing fleets are likely to be marketed fresh, dried, smoked, canned, frozen or made into fish meal.
The artist is a retired Computer Software Analyst living in South Lincolnshire who has recently diverged from physical art to digital
Every member of the shoal
Unless the shoal has fled
Remembers to stick close behind
One which the shoal has led.
Perhaps the way across the sea
Easily can be found
And anchovies of every size
Need to search around.
A fish as small as this must be
No slower than the rest,
Cause anchovies are perfect prey
How can he keep abreast
Of those who swim so fast.
Very many started out and some will not survive
Yet Anchovies who pass the test are glad to be alive.
Fish #51 European Anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus ~ Barbara Godden
Mobile, crochet in silver cotton with threads of blue and green sewn in 50 x 16 x 16 cm
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