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Atlantic Wolffish


Scientific Name: Anarhichas lupus

Common Names: catfish, ocean whitefish


Anglers fishing for species such as cod and cusk sometimes encounter the Atlantic wolffish. Large teeth and powerful jaws allow this species to feed on various hard-shelled invertebrates. Although available year round, catches tend to drop in fall when Atlantic wolffish are both shedding old canine teeth and spawning. The wolffish is unique looking, with a large head and large rounded pectoral fins tapering back to an elongate body; the dorsal fin reaches from the gill cover to the end of the body.