Habitat: Sandy and muddy sea floor and estuaries
Food: Small crustaceans, small flatfish and sand eels
Length: Up to 45cm
Lifespan: 6 years
Conservation Status: Not Evaluated (NE)
Gurnards have special fins with finger-like projections. These allow the fish to ‘walk’ over the seabed, feeling for food as they go. Grey gurnards live together in loose shoals and can tolerate brackish water in estuaries. Gurnards make grunting noises using their swim bladders. This thought to help keep the shoal together as they forage on the seabed.