John Dory

There aren’t many fish that you’ll see more paintings of in art galleries than the John Dory. Their peculiar and intriguing appearance makes them an exciting catch, and their relative rarity adds to their mythic status among fish. The fish is as wide as it is long, with spines protruding from all over the place. The black marking on its body was once claimed to be the thumbprint of Saint Peter, who touched the fish in the sea of Galilee.

John Dory will shoal with other fish, though they often appear to be solitary. They feed on small fish including sand eel and for this reason sometimes caught with lures. Personally, I have only seen these fish caught from boats or else from the area around Plymouth.