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Residents left stunned after fish falls from the sky

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

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A FISH normally only found near the Isles of Scilly has stunned residents of a South Devon village by falling out of the sky.

The aquatic creature landed on the pavement in front of bemused parents dropping their children off at school in Beeson near Kingsbridge.

Resident Pete Moore said: “The children had just got on the school bus and a few parents were standing around having a chat. We heard a splat, we thought it was a rock or something. We went closer and saw it was a fish.

“I don’t know much about fish but I picked it up and took it home. A marine biologist friend of mine said it was a Zulu or Boar fish.”

The small orange-coloured fish are a rare sight around the shorelines of the UK, known to usually frequent deeper water.

Mr Moore, who says the fish was probably dropped by a passing seagull, decided to take it home and put it in his freezer.

“I run an education centre and I might show it to the children to make them think about nature and the environment – where did it come from and how did it get here?” he said.

Douglas Herdson, of Marine Fish Information Services, said: "Boarfish used to be fairly regularly seen in fish catches, but now are rarely caught locally but mainly found in deeper water and around the Isles of Scilly.

"However after the storms a number have been washed up on to the strandline around the area. These are usually dead but live ones have been found in pools on sandy beaches in Cornwall and in a rockpool at Wembury.

"So the best guess is that it was washed up on one of our local beaches, where it was found by a gull, but dropped whilst being taken to a quieter place to be eaten."

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