Alex Mustard - Lurking Wolffish

 

A Wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) lurks in the shadow of a rugged volcanic cleft in Iceland.These creatures reach up to 1.5 m long and as thick as a man’s thigh. They were once common across much of the North Atlantic, but numbers declined steeply as bottom trawlers dragged their nets ever more widely during the 19th and 20th centuries. Their white, flaky flesh was considered a good substitute for cod, while their tough, highly patterned skins were tanned into leather for belts and purses.

Caption taken from Secrets Of The Seas by Alex Mustard and Callum Roberts. 


Location: Eyjafordur, Akureryi, Iceland


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Comments

  1. Werner Bollmann said:

    13/12/2016 19:21

    Great image - what a fish, what kind of personality!

  2. Dorothy F. said:

    16/12/2016 09:09

    That fish scares me. It must be those wolf teeth! Were they only colored blue, or did they have any other colors?

  3. Federico Palmero said:

    17/12/2016 21:04

    The lighting remarks the scary look of this fish. It must have been difficult to take the picture in the cold waters of Iceland. Great capture!