Atlantic catfish (Anarhichas lupus)
The catfish is a large sized, rather long fish, usually around 50 to 60 cm long, but the largest individual caught in Icelandic waters measured at 125 cm. It is found all around Iceland, but is most common off Vestfirdir (West Fjords) peninsula in the west. It mostly occurs on mud or sand bottoms at depths between 40 to 200 m. It is found in European waters from Murmansk in the north to the English Channel in the south. It is also around the Faroe Islands, in southern Greenlandic waters and from Labrador to Cape Cod in North America.
The catfish has enormously strong jaws and teeth. In fact so strong that it has to be handled with caution by fishermen. However, these strong jaws are not put there by nature to bite fishermen but to crush shellfish and echinoderms as these are the main food of the catfish. It also feeds on fishes, such as capelin, when available.
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