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STORM ST JUDE: Needlefish found in Portland garden
5:30am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
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 yesterday 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 unusual frogs and birds in their gardens 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.”
Blackouts hit thousands of homes
PARTS of Dorset were plunged into darkness after the storm hit overhead power lines.
Power cuts hit areas including around Dorchester, Wareham and Blandford.
Southern Electric, which covers central southern England, says 68,000 customers were affected across its whole network.
One resident from the West Lulworth area, who did not want to be named, said: “We haven’t had any electricity for 24 hours as a result of the storm.
“Residents nearby are worrying because we have been like this for some time and we are struggling with no power.
“It is great to get some reassurance that Southern Electric aretrying their hardest to restore electricity and we hope all returns to normal soon.”
A Southern Electric spokesman said contingency plans were put in place in anticipation of the storm on Sunday.
The spokesperson added: “There are approximately 10,272 customers affected across Dorset but the worst areas are Wareham, Blandford and Dorchester.
“Calls are being made to vulnerable customers to give reassurance and help, engineering teams are working where it is safe to do so and there are additional staff available on standby as well as extra call handlers available to talk to customers who may have lost electricity supply.
"We’re asking people to call our emergency service centre on 0800 072 72 82 and report any damage.”
Western Power which covers the South West including parts of west Dorset says 4,500 customers were affected across its network.
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