Last night, Wardie Bay in Granton played host to a bunch of enthusiastic novices and a few enthusiastic professionals on the hunt for fish in the Forth.
Dr Alastair Lyndon, a Marine Biologist from Heriot Watt University donned his wetsuit and wrangled a seine net to help us uncover a surprisingly broad array of marine life in the shallows at low tide.
Alastair walked out to about knee depth and was helped by the crowd to drag the net back in to the shore. Adults and children alike trawled through the seaweed and the species that we uncovered were: shore crabs, flounder, sea squirts, a beautiful plaice, squid egg sacs, herring (the silver darlings upon which much of the historic Edinburgh fishing industry was based), sprats, goby and a pipe fish (that caused much excitement).
Many of us were surprised by the amount and variety of fish that we found so close to the shore, and on our very doorstep.
Finally, you’ll be pleased to know that all fish were released back in to the water.
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