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sand lance (Ammodytidae) are also called sand eels, but are unrelated to eels. The name refers to a lance or launce because of its long pointed shape. I have seen them underwater fleeing the sand they burry in an instant. By the time I could focus they are gone. however, I have a picture of a Lady Crab who managed to catch one to eat, and the Humpback Whales have their "Bubble Net" technique to trap them. I have watched terns fetch them from Plymouth Harbor. I read they grow from 8 to 18 inches, but I have not seen them that large in the wild. They reportedly burry in the sand to avoid currents. My guess is to hide.
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- Janet MacCausland
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