Greater sandeel is a long slender fish no longer than 40 centimeters in length. The fish has a pointed head. It feels at home in tidal areas, but can also be found down to a depth of 150 meters. Greater sandeel feeds upon copepods, fish larvae, crabs, lobsters, herring and lesser sandeel. The species digs itself into the bottom to wait for a suitable prey to come along. The greater sandeel is not an important species for the fisheries.