Found at Knoll Beach, Dorset
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I was wondering if this might be a small greater pipefish. It doesn't from the photo look quite right for a snake and I have ruled out for sure the other 4 UK species. I was thinking greater due to the broad end to the snout which tends to be less pronounced in the snake. And the colour pattern seems brown and pale thick stripes rather than the typical orange and pale of the snake. what do you think, I haven't made a revision as my 'expert' status makes it very hard for anyone else to correct me if i'm wrong!
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Thanks Trudy - I've corrected this as per your comments - I think this was the pipefish I was thinking of - we catch these with shrimping nets
This is most likely to be a syngnathus acus, possibly Syngnathus rostellatus at a push. Snake pipefish have a more rounded 'fleshy' look to them and are yellow with blue patches.
Lat/Lng: 50.6, -2.0
OS grid ref: SZ0382