Benny is s tompot blenny
, a real British fish, and he acts as a narrator as he introduces children to the beautiful and often unexpected undersea world around British coasts.
Mark Thomas' award-winning photo of a tompot blenny
During his dives, the 34-year-old trained lifeguard came face to face with a fish rarely seen in the North East - the tompot blenny, usually found in the much warmer climes off the coast of Portugal.
These stunning images, including the rare tompot blenny, top, were caught by Lenny Manlay, far left, off the North East coast
Lenny has met crabs and jellyfish and has even come face-to-face with a fish rarely seen off the North East coast - the tompot blenny
CATCH n THAT A tompot blenny
can't escape the lens of Brian Tormey in the waters off Co Dublin
The rocky nooks and crannies reveal the eccentric-looking tompot blenny
- a bizarre fish with parrot lips and a peculiar antennae sprouting from its forehead.
EYE, EYE Atlantic wolf fish off Berwickshire, a hermit crab in Loch Long and a tompot blenny
off Dorset UP CLOSE A male cuttlefish guards his egg-laying mate in Devon and a grey seal is captured on camera in the Bristol Channel PASSION Alex Mustard in Loch Duich in Wester Ross
A tompot blenny
in a rock pool on the Wirral coast Picture: Cheshire Wildlife Trust
It's meant to be like a real rockpool and you can see all the creatures which live in them like lump suckers and mussels and a really funny fish called a tompot blenny
which has spiky tufts on the top of its head.
A sight to sea; James Milne, seven, took his mum, Lisa, dad, Ronald, brother Jack, five, and sister, Adele, three, to the Macduff Marine Aquarium. Again