Time and Tide Bell ~ 200Fish

A Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast

#200Fish is a community project to create works of art based on each of the species of fish found in the North Sea

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Fish # 136 Atlantic Fanfish Pterycombus brama ~ Keith Ready

Watercolour and coloured ink 32 x 40 cm

Atlantic Fanfish

This is a subtropical fish mostly found in the West Atlantic - Newfoundland in Canada, the Northern Gulf of Mexico and Jamaica, and East Atlantic - Norway and south of Cap Lopez, West of Mayumba (Gulf of Guinea) and there have been reported sightings in Iceland. The dorsal and anal fins are without scales, and the diameter of the eye is much larger than the snout length. The maximum length of the fish is approximately 46 cms. This fish lives down to a depth of 400 meters and is a seasonal migrant and breeding takes place all the year round.

Atlantic Fanfish

Observe me lurking
In the dark depths of the ocean,
Looking over my shoulder,
A nervous twitch in my eye.

From the shadow of a rock
I scan the murky sea
To trap some small morsel,
A treat for my tea.

But I'm not the fish I was
Sparky, spiny, sharp-eyed

Now small convulsions twitch my fins,
And quite sudden rumblings
Twist and grip my guts.

My nightmare used to be those
Scavengers in the sky
Scooping me up
Into a netted hell.

But now my fishy story friends
Speak of a new contagion
Clogging up fins and bones.

The very water, my daily breath, they say
Is turning into a plastic jelly.

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