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There are three species of sculpins found in the Netherlands. Two live in salt water, one being the shorthorn sculpin which is the largest (maximum 30 centimeters). Shorthorn sculpins are found near the coast as well as in the Wadden Sea. They eat flying crabs and shrimp. The larger specimen also eat fish. They are sexually mature in their second year of life and lay their eggs between stones. The thorns on their fins and gill flaps are not poisonous, but they can cause a lot of pain.


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