I’m a smart fish

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Let’s get to grips with what a fantastic fish I am. The top photograph shows my excellent wedge-shaped body which helps me stay secure in my crevice. I usually sit with just my head poking out from my home so that:

I can see what’s going on – I’m looking for my next meal or keeping an eye out for a predator that wants to eat me!

I can sniff the water for interesting smells with my superb head tentacles and smaller nose tentacles. Is there food nearby or maybe a partner?

I can dart out and bite anything that comes too close with my strong comb-like teeth. (I belong to a group of fish called the combtooth blennies).

I keep the rest of my body tucked safely away.

The other pictures show some other tompot blennies looking out from their homes too!

Someone’s blowing bubbles outside my home

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‘Fins alive!’ Who is this looking into my crevice? I’ve been watching their bubbles and I’m so nosy I’m going out to take a look. It’s the diver that keeps popping by, when its calm, to see what I’m up to. She makes strange squeaky noises as though she’s trying to talk to me. I think she’s saying that she’s written a book to tell everyone about my life. I’m such an amazing fish that now I’ve got my own blog – that’s technology for you!

Talking of technology, have you noticed I don’t need a large air tank on my back like the one she has? I’ve got gills that take the oxygen I need straight out of the seawater.

The diver is much bigger than me but I’m not afraid because, if she gets any closer, I know I can wriggle safely back into my home. My body is wedge-shaped and ideal for slithering into narrow cracks in the rock. You can see that I’m a small fish around 15 centimetres long, but you will soon find out that I am the boss of my rock!