The Shanny is a small, elongated, large-headed, large-eyed fish found in rockpools and shallow, rocky seas. It can often be spotted hiding under stones and seaweed, emerging at high tide to forage over the shore. It can also be found around man-made structures such as pier pilings.
How to identify
Variable in colour, with darker blotches. Distinguished from similar species of blenny by the absence of tentacles on the head, which the others have.
Where to find it
Found all around our coasts.
When to find it
How can people help
Our seas and coastline are in need of protection if we are to keep our marine wildlife healthy. The Wildlife Trusts are working with fishermen, researchers, politicians and local people towards a vision of 'Living Seas', where marine wildlife thrives. This work has recently had a massive boost with the passing of the Marine Bill, promising sustainable development of the UK's marine environment. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust.