Watching Arctic Terns pull Lumpsuckers out of the water is a thrill. I love the spray of water around this one and the tiny spot of white which is the Lumpsucker’s eye.
Lumpsuckers are bizarre fish which have a ‘sucker’ on their bellies. Their ventral fins are joined to form a pad which helps them attach to surfaces. They can grow to be 30 to 50cm long. This one won’t get that chance.
You can see the ‘pad’ here:
And this is as close as I could get.
Isn’t nature amazing?
Next year I plan to get a photograph of the lumpsucker’s face with its big eyes, while held in an Arctic Tern’s bill, but the birds have a journey to the Antarctic and back to complete first. I wish them a safe flight. See you there!