Found in the North-east Atlantic from the Barents Sea and Iceland and southwards to North-west Africa. Also in the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
Species commonly found in the intertidal zone, sandy bays and estuaries. Has been discovered at depths of 100 m. Its diet consists of zooplankton and diatoms.
Mainly caught by trawlers using small-meshed demersal fishing gears.
DID YOU KNOW
Sand eels spend most of their time hidden in the sand, especially during winter when they remain buried in a state of hibernation.