Year of the Ox
Unlike most of the UK there was not much snow in Devon (even on Exmoor) so I chose the photo that had the most impact on me. Whilst walking on Saunton Sands beach we were shocked to encounter over 40 dead dogfish on the strand-line. They had been slit on their underbellies and some of the flesh had been removed. Researching, I discovered they are classified as small sharks. Unfortunately, dogfish have little commercial value, but are often caught by fisherman as by-catch. The flesh has to be removed as soon as they are caught, otherwise the skin leaks ammonia into the flesh. Apparently they used to be widely sold by fish & chip shops as Huss or Rock Salmon.