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Fish #95 Big-scale Sand Smelt Atherina boyeri ~ Hazel Burnham
Fused glass 40 cm
These small, long and slender fish like to live in salt marshes, lagoons, inland waters and shallow water areas. A metallic, silvery colour, they have relatively large eyes to the body size. They are a scaly fish that feeds on small bottom living crustaceans, worms and molluscs as well as plankton. They are found around the coasts of England. It is used as sea bait and also eaten in some Mediterranean countries.
I see a little fish in the water,
Then another and another.
Suddenly I see a mass,
Darting, drifitng, glinting.
Shining like jewels in dappled sunlight.
by Hazel Burnham
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