The spiky sea scorpion who’s not for the dinner table

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The unusual-looking fish, which has a giant head and sharp spines on its fins and gills, was caught by Josh Dearing just inside St Brelade’s Bay.

The 24-year-old said: ‘I’ve seen a few of them while diving, but they are quite rare.’

Mr Dearing, who owns The Jersey Catch, a local company which uses ethical and sustainable fishing methods, returned the colourful creature to the sea.

Short-spined sea scorpions are fairly common in British seas but, as they usually live in deep waters, are rarely caught.

They have a very large mouth and head compared to the size of their body and can grow up to 3lbs.

Sea scorpions are aggressive feeders, often devouring fish similar size to itself.

Have you ever found anything unusual at sea? Email online@jerseyeveningpost.com

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