Friday, 30 March 2012

Spawning pike - great picture

Mat Knight sent us this cracking image of two spawning pike in the shallows of a water in Wales.

"It was taken while carp fishing, I saw the pair swimming towards me in the margin and snapped away," he said. "It's very rarely I see two together, so thought it might be an interesting pic for your members."

The larger of the pair is almost certainly a hen, while the smaller fish is her mate. Male pike are smaller than the female of the species. As they make eye contact in readiness to spawn, the male's shorter length ensures the eggs are fertilised by his milt as they are released by the female.

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