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Needlefish found in Portland garden after St Jude storm
A NEEDLEFISH has been found in a Portland garden as a result of the St Jude storm.
Local storyteller Stuart Morris and partner Heather Morris who live in Weston on Portland, discovered the unlikely visitor in their back garden this morning.
Mr Morris said: “My wife went outside this morning to our back garden after the storm, and was shocked to see a needlefish near our children's swings.
“The fish was a grey green colour and had a very long, sharp nose with teeth.
“We think it blew into our garden as a result of the storm - which was terrible with billowing winds.
“I know some people have found unordinary frogs and birds in their garden but we never expected to find a needlefish.
“It was obviously a one off because they are not common in Dorset as we approach winter time.”
Marine awareness officer for the Dorset Wildlife Trust, Julie Hatcher, recognised the fish from a photo as a Garfish.
She said: “Garfish can reach up to one metre long.
“They tend to swim near the surface and although rarely seen by divers are commonly caught by sea anglers.
“Garfish sometimes jump clear of the water if being chased by predators.
“Generally a summer fish along the southern and western coasts - the Garfish prefers warmer water and moves offshore in winter when the temperature drops.”
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