For years they tangled lines, swallowed hooks and snotted up trousers but today their dramatic demise is a major conservation concern.
If you catch one, please treasure it and wish it well.
This one was found still attached to a hook and line that was snagged on a tree stump that floated down a spate river until it caught the spinner of a sea trout angler. The stump lay on the ground for a good hour until this little fellow was seen moving from the mass of roots. Carefully unhooked and released, it crawled straight back into the water.