Check Out Those Lips!
Lumpsuckers come up from deep water for breeding in the spring and early summer. We see them regularly at our Project AWARE Adopted Dive Site in Beadnell.
The smaller orange males protect the eggs of the much larger black females. In fact, once she's laid her eggs she heads back to the deep leaving Dad to keep the babies safe for up to a month!
They've got a special sucker on the bottom of their bodies which they can use to attach themselves to rocks and avoid being swept away by any waves.