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Fish #200 Common Dab Limanda limanda ~ Ruairidh Greig
Acrylic 30 x 25 cm
The Common Dab Limanda Limanda
One of the humble "flattie" species we used to catch and eat on holiday at Humberstone Fitties back in the 1950s, I remember the "T" shaped devices with protruding six-inch nails through the cross piece that some people used to spear them with - and the stories of those who managed to spear their own feet. People also used throw lines to catch them with up to a dozen hooks on each line baited with ragworms dug up from the sands. On at least one occasion I remember feeling one wriggle under my foot in the creek, next to the rusting breakwater which stretched out to Haile Sand Fort. I pressed my foot down hard and then bent down and picked it up by the fins. About a dozen others followed that one into my haversack by the same means. I fried them at home that evening, Dab, Plaice and Flounder. All the family agreed that they were truly delicious.
What a sad, twisted face it has! Clearly it has evolved from a fish that swam upright, with eyes on either side of its head and a mouth in a more symmetrical position. Recent fossil discoveries have provided further evidence of this process of evolution, which was noted by Charles Darwin in the "Origin of Species". No Great Designer planned the Common Dab.
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