Ruiz, Miguel: Mackerel, signed and dated 2005, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cms. Purchased with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Darwin 200 celebrations.
The Atlantic mackerel is by far the most common of the ten species of the family that are caught in British waters. Mackerel are swift moving, they need so much oxygen that they must swim constantly to bring sufficient water across their gills. The female lays about 500,000 eggs at a time.