FAMAG 2008.46.6

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Webster, Mark (born 1955): Conger eel, Porthcurno, Cornwall, photograph, 31 x 46 cms. Presented by the artist as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund's Darwin 200 celebrations.

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Conger eels are found on shallow and deep reefs, and particularly on wrecks where there are plenty of holes for them to hide. Although they have a fearsome reputation with fishermen, they are mostly docile and inquisitive when found underwater.