"You know, he was always like a fish out of water around her...poor Lumpers, never mind, I says, plenty more fish in the sea, plenty more."

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lumpsucker fish

Have you ever heard of a lumpsucker fish? I hadn't when Lori McNulty from Parks Canada contacted me. These ping pong ball-sized bottom dwellers have wart-like bumps on their bodies and modified pelvic fins that resemble an adhesive disc which the fish uses to stick to surfaces. They dwell in the cold waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic and most of the species are found in the North Pacific.

Little is known about these fish, probably because they are so hard to find (due to their tiny size and very effective camouflage). Here is a short video that I found on YouTube. They seem almost too cute to be real.

I had fun making the toy lumpsuckers and I'd like to thank Lori McNulty for the opportunity.


Gio said...

Super well done! I like the photos of the real thing too.

lorilegba said...

Wendy, you brought our Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker (aka the West Coast Nemo) to life! Terrific work. We're so delighted, we're ordering many more for our Parks Canada visitor centres.

Thanks for your brilliant design and speedy turnaround time!