Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus)

Also known as Atlantic Catfish, Catfish, Devilfish, Ocean Catfish, Ocean Whitefish, Seacat, Seawolf, Wolfeel, Wolffish

Description

Also known as Atlantic Catfish, Catfish, Devilfish, Ocean Catfish, Ocean Whitefish, Seacat, Seawolf, Wolfeel, Wolffish.

Found singly or in pairs over rocky areas sheltering in the same spot amongst crevices in the rocks until a larger wolf-eel or a large octopus drives them out!
They feed on crabs, echinoderms, hard shell mollusks, lobsters, sea urchins.
Length - 150cm
Depth - 1-600m
Widespread North East Atlantic, northwestern Mediterranean

Wolf-eels live in cold waters of the oceans, they differ from true eels because of their paired gill slits and Pectoral fins.
These eels are gentle giants of the sea and are curious but rarely aggressive although if cornered they can inflict a painful bite! They are known to pair for life. Ref: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Anarhichas-lupus.html

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