The Gurnard, Chelidonichthys kumu, is a common fish in New Zealand waters. It possesses large fan like wings which also gives it another name of butterfly-fish. The finger-like processes derived from fins are used to probe in substrates for crustaceans and other prey. They grow up to 60cm/20in and are considered good eating.
I have never seen a gurnard in real-life except as a fillet. I would like to change that at some point.
The group of fishes that gurnards belong to are called Sea Robins. Hence the title.
12 x 24 inches
Acrylic on canvas