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The lesser sandeel is a small (maximum length 25 centimeters) fish with a short life span. It swims in large schools in the North Sea and lives off of plankton. In turn, it is natural food for larger predator fish, such as spurdog, cod and haddock, seabirds and smaller marine mammals, such as porpoises and white-beaked dolphins. When sensing danger, the lesser sandeel burrows itself in very quickly, even when it is wet sand on the beach.

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