Tuesday, May 03, 2011


Small Swordfish
Oil on linen on MDF

I found this tiny fish washed up on the beach the other day. I've no idea what species it is but it appears to be some kind of swordfish? I've no idea how big it's supposed to grow but I painted it pretty much life size. 

Note:  Thanks to all the response regarding this little fish I can now reliably state that it is a "Piper",

Hyporhamphus ihi


  1. A piper I think. May be known as a garfish,too, from my recollection of many years ago.Nice painting.

  2. Thanks! Yes, I got quite a few responses and the general consensus seems to be that it's a Piper or Hyporhamphus ihi.