The Rock Gunnel - Pholis gunnellus
Photo and text: Vebjørn Karlsen
The rock gunnel (Pholis gunnellus) is usually found very close to the surface among rocks and the kelp. It can survive short period of times above water. During the winter it can dive down deeper, up to hundred meters. With its long, flatten and elongated body it is often mistaken for an eel. It can grow up to 25 cm, usually brown to crimson and have a row of 9-13 dark spots, each surrounded by a pale ring, along the dorsal fin. The rock gunnel’s diet consists mainly if small crustaceans as well as polychaetes and mollusks.
You can find them all over Saltstraumen, something to look for during your safety stop.