MY NORWAY TRIP DIARY: 8th DAY - LOFOTEN - ATLANTIC WOLFFISH

by Antonio Gil December. 07, 2014 4829 views

The Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus), also known as the seawolf, Atlantic catfish, ocean catfish, devil fish, wolf eel (the common name for its Pacific relative), woof or sea cat, is a marine fish, the largest of the wolffish family Anarhichadidae. The numbers of the Atlantic wolffish are rapidly being depleted, most likely due to overfishing and bycatch, and is currently a Species of Concern according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service. Although it looks fearsome, the Atlantic wolffish is only a threat to humans when defending itself out of the water. Apart from their unique appearance wolffish are distinguished by the natural antifreeze they produce to keep their blood moving fluidly in their very cold habitat, involvement by both the male and female in brood bearing, and the large size of their eggs. They are also an important factor in controlling green crab and sea urchin populations, which can become overly disruptive to habitats if left unchecked. Wolffish population success is also an important indicator of the health of other bottom-dweller populations, such as cod.

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Roxanne 6 years, 9 months ago

Wow super interesting. The self making antifreeze part in particular. They do look fierce. I love your point of view in the 3rd shot.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gian Luigi 6 years, 9 months ago

STOCKFISH! in italiano stocafisso piatto Genovese per antonomasia! Da non confondersi con il vostro Bacalau :-)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Magdalena Zet 6 years, 9 months ago

I love the change of focus in #2 and #3 :) And the fish is soooo scary! ;)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gonia 6 years, 9 months ago

I have never seen such fish! Last is the best!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Kris 6 years, 9 months ago

i still love dried fish! :)) but i don't love the way these wolffish looks.. like a scary monster. lol! maybe they were cousins with piranha. haha! :))

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Kara Bana 6 years, 9 months ago

These are certainly not the usual gorgeous scenery! Actually scary. Imagine swimming along & seeing that come towards you. O.O Look at those teeth! 5 is winner winner, fish dinner!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Sara G 6 years, 9 months ago

Very ugly fish..interesting information..why do they dry them:-)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Teo Montana 6 years, 9 months ago

Very fascinating post! I have never seen this kind of creature,thanks for sharing!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 6 years, 9 months ago

I'm glad they still smell fresh!
Did they taste good?

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Dany 6 years, 9 months ago

Etrange et impressionnant à la fois ce loup de mer car il porte bien son nom vue son profil, il est bien dommage qu'il disparaisse dû à la surpêche, encore une espèce parmi tant d'autre.
Je retiendrais également la 3, avec en arrière plan, cette mer de nuage parmi les montagnes, une fabuleuse prise de vue car c'est vraiment joli à voir.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 6 years, 9 months ago

Looks pretty angry in the last no hope of a smile for the camera there ;-)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 6 years, 9 months ago

It's not that we do not have enough fish. It is that we have too many people. Just ask the fish.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 9 months ago

Have you eaten any of these fish?

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Chris Cann 6 years, 9 months ago

I do like 4+5, 4 works well in B/W. It looks a terrifying fish. Shame about the over fishing, same the world over. There looks to be a birds head in #2. Good bit of info about the fish, thanks Antonio.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
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