How best to introduce the tompot blenny? Most people who explore the seashore meet the tompot’s relative, the common blenny (also known as the shanny), which is the small green-brown fish often found in rock pools. Shannies dash for cover when disturbed but, if approached carefully, can be seen watching you with their large, high-set eyes and quizzical expression. If you imagine taking a shanny and adding a pair of impressive bright red head tentacles, jazzed-up colours and tons of attitude, then that’s a tompot blenny!
Tompot blennies are occasionally found at the bottom of the shore on a very low tide, but look a bit sad if they are out of the water because their head tentacles flop over their eyes. They are much more likely to be seen in their full glory by snorkellers and SCUBA divers peering into holes and crevices on shallow rocky reefs.