A fish spring cleaning? In readiness for romance!

Well, the storms have gone, the sun is out, the seawater temperature which has been around 9 C most of the winter has just crept up to 11 C and, most importantly, the days are getting much longer. I’ve been cleaning out my crevice home to ensure that the floor and ceiling are perfect for egg laying; I flick and shiver over the surfaces clearing off any mud and nibble away at little barnacles and worm tubes that have been growing over the winter. All this to prepare the maximum surface area to impress the female tompot blennies that I invite in.

You might think that I’m not fussy about which females I attract to my crevice home but you’ll find I have my favourites. Yes, Paul’s research into our fishy community  Unique face markings has suggested there is a pecking order amongst the females. As I’m one of the top males with an excellent crevice home, and a proven track record for being a good dad looking after eggs, the top females like to lay their eggs with me!

Storms Doris then Ewan, one after the other – still laying low!

That wasn’t Storm Doris at the beginning of February; she flew through last Thursday with Storm Ewan following hot on  her heels yesterday (Sunday). So I’m still laying low and keeping safe hiding in my crevice home until the calmer conditions return. Paul and Teresa have discovered that us ‘superDad” tompot blennies often live in and guard the same crevice on the reef for at least 3 years.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2016/mar/23/small-fish-with-big-personality-study-reveals-unique-blenny-behaviour-in-pictures

I have survived and stayed in my home through many tough times. Paul’s study showed that we could even weather the terrible storms in the winter of 2013/14.

Have you been to a beach just after a storm? You often see lots of cuttlefish bones washed up, of all different sizes. Cuttlefish aren’t as good as me at finding a safe place to shelter from the swirling sea.