Highlands & Islands

Loch Torridon 'rich' in burrowing fish and maerl seaweed

Loch Torridon
Image caption The richest bed of maerl seaweed was recorded at the mouth of the loch

A scientific survey of a sea loch in the Highlands has found it to be "rich" in marine life, according to a newly-published report.

High densities of burrowing fish called snakeblenny and Frie's goby were recorded in Loch Torridon in Wester Ross.

The Scottish Natural Heritage-commissioned survey also detected a "rich bed" of maerl seaweed.

The hard, spiky beds of seaweed provide habitat for scallops.

Broken pieces of sun-bleached maerl also form white beaches along some of the west coast of Scotland.

The richest bed of the seaweed was found at the mouth of Loch Torridon.

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