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Fish #112 Atlantic Hookear Sculpin Artediellus atlanticus ~ Simon Wardell
Graphite pencil 34 x 44 cm
The Atlantic Hookear Sculpin is a relatively rare find in the North Sea with recorded instances being around the Orkney Islands. It is more commonly found in the North West and North Eastern areas of the Atlantic Ocean. It belongs to the Sculpin (Cottidae) family of Scorpionfish (Scorpaeniformes) and like many of this order are excellently camouflaged allowing them to wait patiently for food to come close and then darting quickly forward and capturing its prey, small molluscs and occasionally small crustaceans in its mouth. It is a small fish, typically between six and ten centimetres in length with larger recorded specimens being up to fifteen centimetres. They live singly at depths of up to nine hundred metres on sandy or muddy sea beds.
About the artist: Simon Wardell is a part time artist more usually depicting automotive subjects such as motorcycles and classic American cars. Examples of his work can be found on Instagram and Facebook as simon.wardell.art.
Fish #112 Atlantic Hookear Sculpin Artediellus atlanticus ~ Leanne Smith
Acrylic 60 x 75 cm
This is my interpretation of the Atlantic Hookear Sculpin. An almost monstrous looking creature whose appearance enticed me into creating this piece of work. This beautiful creature has been described as rare in the North Sea. Found at depths of up to 900 meters they are widespread across North West & North East Atlantic. At a length of 10.5cm they are found on the bottom of the ocean in deep waters feasting on polychaetes, small molluscs and very rarely small crustaceans.
The Atlantic Hookear Sculpin is not harmless to humans although can be confused with the scorpion fish which also has poisonous spines. Sadly they are commonly discovered in trawl nets although no major threats to this species have been identified. Its threat status is listed as Least Concern but may be susceptible to impacts from climate change.
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