Triggerfish page (Link)
the reports form 1999 - 2007
2008 et. seq
fishing off one of the decommissioned mussel farms in the River
Fal, my nephew and I saw a group of eight Grey
capriscus, swimming slowly and serenely near
the surface. Their penchant for mussels would
make this a perfect location to hang out, however the river has been declassified
for mussel farming due to Escherichia
coli caused by excessive run off from
farmland in the last few wet seasons.
at the Mixon
Hole off Selsey
Bill reported Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, lurking along the overhang at
the top of the clay cliff.
capriscus, measuring 23 cm long, was washed
up on the shore of the Gann
Estuary near Dale,
It was found on a particularly windy day, with substantial wave action
on the northern shores of the Milford
Coast National Park
spotted a Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, that had been washed up on Troon
beach in Ayrshire, Scotland.
was diving off MullaghmoreHead,
Northern Ireland and I saw 2 pairs of Grey
capriscus, and a trio of them on the same
site. They were spotted in the shelter of the cleavages in the rock formations
as we moved easterly in the sea surge. We sat and observed them for
a few moments before moving away. This is the first time I have witnessed
this fish in UK waters.
capriscus, was found on Baleshare
It is quite rare in the waters around North
Uist and the Outer
capriscus, was washed up at Porthtowan,
Cornwall, after the morning high tide, measuring
approx 14" from nose to end of tail fin.
counted 33 Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, washed up on a half mile stretch
of beach across Porth
Kidney Sands, Lelant, Cornwall,
mature Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, were washed up dead on Porthcurnow
Beach in Cornwall in the afternoon.
capriscus, were washed up dead on Perranporth
Beach in Cornwall.
capriscus, was photographed
up dead on the shore at Ceibwr,
North Pembrokeshire, SW Wales.
capriscus, was videoed sliding into a crevice
and locking itself in using its dorsal fin on a shallow water dive of the
Hole, Selsey, West Sussex.
have found a dead Grey Triggerfish,
up on the beach at Tolsta
on the Isle of Lewis.
There have been previous discoveries on this windswept beach.
(or rather my dog) found a dead
capriscus, on a beach on the Isle of Islay,
the southernmost island of the Inner
south-west Scotland. There have been one or two past records here - the
last in December 2007,
but it is certainly unusual.
husband and son were paddling in the shallows on the beach at Carbis
Bay, near St. Ives, Cornwall, as the tide was almost at it's lowest
when they saw the Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, swimming towards them. As
it turned to swim away from them it was caught by a wave which brought
it to my husbands feet. He kicked it with his foot and the startled fish
swam inshore, got hit by another wave and beached itself.
my husband brought it up to show me its teeth scared the life out of me,
I've never seen anything like this fish in my life! It was very healthy
but didn't seem to put up any fight or struggle as it was carried up the
beach, just kept gnashing its teeth. It was easily 25 cm long, and despite
my husband going back to get some more it seemed to have been travelling
alone. We both thought that it must be from warmer waters due to its colouring
and the strange hard fin, but we identified it through your site. Finding
out that it is edible we are putting it on the BBQ tonight!
son found a dead Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, at Woolacombe,
North Devon just after midday. Approx 30 cm with slash marks on the side
and eyes were gone.
caught a Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, fishing West Rocks, Brighton,
Sussex. The fish appeared to be in spawn and was returned carefully to
caught three Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, in the afternoon, just west of
in North Wales. Depth approx 20 ft, and 300-400 metres off the beach, on
a fairly strong outgoing tide. The fish were returned to the sea alive.
Bottom appeared to be shingle, and we fished uptide of a rocky reef. Your
remarks about these fish liking wrecks is interesting. There is a wreck
in the vicintiy, but approx a mile away from where we were, and a long
reef known as St
found a Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, near Rhosneigr,
of Anglesey, north-west Wales. It was above a rugged rocky shore with
deep-cut rocky inlets and varied sandy/ rocky bottom with clear water.
The long dead carcass was intact except for the eyes and pectoral fins
missing. It was about 30 cm long. It was not known how it came to be above
the Springs high-water mark.
found a Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus, whilst out fishing with my dogs
at the Scar, Kirkcolm
near Stranraer in Lochryan.
fish was about 9 to 10 inches long, displaying a great set of teeth and
walking along the strandline of Ynyslas
in the west of Wales, with my grandsons Michael
and Joseph Gwillim we found one Grey
SN 603938). It was about 30 cm in length,
and although dead, was very well preserved.
Press angling correspondent told me that
he heard of the first
capriscus, of 2008
being caught yesterday by a Guernsey angler. The Grey
Triggerfish weighed 2 lb 7 oz
and 10 drams (from Len's memory). It was caught off the Longue Hougue
reclamation site on Guernsey's north-east coast.
18 July 2008
capriscus, was discovered at Marazion,
this dead Triggerfish,
capriscus, on Rinn Rua Beach, near Ballinskelligs,
County Kerry, in south west Ireland, and I also found one in December
2007. The illustrated one was approximately
20 cm long.
caught a Triggerfish,
capriscus, of the beach at Downderry,
Cornwall. at 40 cm long and 1 kg in weight.
capriscus, was found on the beach on
the high tide
line at Machir Bay,
north west coast of Islay,
were walking on Putsborough
Devon, and came across a Grey Triggerfish,
capriscus. The fish was missing both eyes and
appeared to have been dead for some time. It was above the most recent
high tide mark, which was at 3.00
pm and was halfway along the beach on sand.
The sea was rough, the weather was cloudy with a strong westerly wind.
We were intrigued by the fish because we had not seen one before, and on
our return home identified it and found your website.
Triggerfish page with reports up to 2007
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of Triggerfish washed up on the shores of Cornwall (not included above)
could be found on the Cornish Beachcombing Report pages:
Marine Life Records (Ray Dennis) 1999
Marine Life Records (Ray Dennis) 2000
Marine Life Records (Ray Dennis) 2001
Marine Life Records (Ray Dennis) 2002
Marine Life Records (Ray Dennis) 2003
Marine Wildlife 2004 (Ray Dennis Records)
Marine Wildlife 2005 (Ray Dennis Records)
Marine Life Records 2006 (Ray Dennis Records)
Marine Life Records 2007 (Ray Dennis Records)