Fish Falls from Heaven into Jail!

An unusual fish, measuring 60cm in length, fell into the grounds of Argyll visitor attraction Inveraray Jail yesterday morning.

Prison warder Adam Trela saw the fish fall from the sky and it is thought that it had been dropped by a sea bird.

Alex Blackman, manager of the neighbouring Sea Life Sanctuary in Oban, identified the fish as a Red bandfish (Cepola rubescens).  This particular range of red bandfish is commonly associated with the south west coasts of England and Wales and thought to extend to the west coast of Scotland.  It is unusual to find the species above 15m in the water.

The Sanctuary Curator Dennis Chamberlin added: “Red bandfish live at the bottom of the sea bed and burrow into muddy areas. It may have swum into a kreel or lobster pot, which is fairly common, and been caught by a gull whilst a fisherman was releasing it back into the sea.”

Gavin Dick, Prison Governor for the interactive 19th century jail, said: “We were amazed to find this peculiar looking fish in our prison grounds this morning! Had this happened in the 19th century, I’m sure the prisoners would have fought over who was going to have this for their tea!”

Inveraray Jail was once the courthouse and prison serving Argyll.  Real life warders, matrons and prisoners bring the 19th century prison alive.  Visitors can try out prison beds and hammocks in the old and new prisons, sit in on a trial in the spectacular courtroom, sample the brutal 19th century prison punishments and search through prison records for their naughty ancestors.  The privately run attraction is open all year round.  For more information on Inveraray Jail please visit the jail website on or call 01499 302381. 


For more information please contact:

Pauline Foster

PR Account Manager – Inveraray Jail

Pure Shores PR – Oban

+ 44 (0)1631 569 651

+ 44 (0)7791573247

Note to Photographers:

  • Image attached: Prison Warder Adam Trela who saw the fish fall to the ground.

Notes to Editors:

  • Inveraray Jail is a superb visitor attraction with interest and excitement for all ages.  Visitors can tour at their own leisure.  There are also great family deals and concessions for seniors and groups.
  • The Royal Burgh of Inveraray lies on the beautiful banks of Loch Fyne in Argyll.  From Glasgow take the A82 North along Loch Lomond to Tarbert and then take the A83 round the head of Loch Fyne to Inveraray. Allow one and a half hours. 












Contact: Pauline Foster
Phone: 01631 569 651