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Sand eel/sand lance (Ammodytes Tobianus)

Little silvery fish, belonging to the Ammodytidae family, and growing up to 20cm/8 ins in length, and found around the shores of Britain. They burrow up to 30cm/a foot into the sand for protection, and used to be dug up or uncovered with a deep-pronged rack.

If found on your fishmongers slab, they are best, headed and gutted then fried; small versions can be treated as whitebait. Small fish used to be called lances or launces, because of their appearance.

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