Atlantic Wolffish


The ⁤Atlantic Wolffish (Anarhichas lupus), also known as the‍ Seawolf, Atlantic catfish,⁣ ocean catfish or wolf⁢ eel‌ in North America,⁢ is a fascinating marine fish known for⁣ its unique physical features and behavior. Belonging to⁢ the family Anarhichadidae, this species ⁤is an intriguing part of the oceanic ecosystem.

Conservation Status

The Atlantic⁤ Wolffish is​ currently listed as ‘Near Threatened’ according to⁢ the IUCN Red‍ List. Conservation efforts ⁤are⁤ in progress, focusing on population monitoring⁢ and​ controlling excessive fishing to ensure that⁤ this unique species ‍does ⁣not reach endangered status.


Length(Average) Length(Range) Weight(Average) Weight(Range) Average Lifespan
100 cm 30-200 cm 15 ‍kg 5-25⁢ kg Up to 25⁢ years


The Atlantic Wolffish is ​distributed across the northern Atlantic Ocean. ⁢It is‍ found in the seas of Canada, Greenland, Norway,⁢ and parts of the United‌ States.

Migration Patterns

Atlantic Wolffish are ‍non-migratory. ⁤They remain in their‍ same rocky seabed habitats throughout their lives.


  • Water Type: Saltwater
  • Depth Range: Usually found between‍ 20 and 500 meters
  • Temperature Range: Prefer cold temperatures ranging from -1 to 11 degrees Celsius

When and Where​ to See

The Atlantic Wolffish, ‍due to its preference for colder waters, is usually seen during the colder ​months. They remain near⁣ the seabed during ⁢the day, and are therefore‌ more observable during‌ night-time explorations.

Best Fishing Locations and⁤ Tips

Some of the ‌best ⁢fishing locations for the Atlantic ‌Wolffish include the​ coasts​ of Norway, Canada, and northeastern‍ United States.​ While Atlantic Wolffish are not usually caught‍ for⁣ sport, they ⁣sometimes bite on‍ lobster baits⁢ in traps. ‌If you wish to catch one,⁢ the best method would be deep sea ​bottom fishing with strong gear, and ⁣using heavy baits such as cut fish, squid or large worm.

Identification Guide

The Atlantic Wolffish‌ is⁣ primarily‍ characterized by its elongated⁣ body, large mouth filled with strong canine teeth, and it has bulging eyes. They ‍vary ⁣in color from⁣ purplish-brown to blue-grey.

Culinary ⁣Significance

The meat of the Atlantic Wolffish,‍ known for its ​mild, sweet taste, ⁤is a popular food source in some ⁢areas. Some special‍ recipes include‍ baked Wolffish ‍with lemon and ⁤herbs, or ‌pan-seared Wolffish.

Additional Information

Atlantic Wolffish primarily ‍feed on hard-shelled invertebrates. Human-induced threats, such as overfishing and destruction of habitats from trawling,⁤ pose significant‌ risks. The Atlantic⁣ Wolffish does not have significant ⁣cultural or historical significance, though ‌it is commonly depicted in art and photography due to its striking appearance.

References and Further Reading

For further information, consult ‌sources such as the⁢ IUCN Red List, the Encyclopedia of Life, ⁤and NOAA ‍Fisheries. Studies and guides ‌on the Atlantic⁣ Wolffish are also available in scientific publications and fishery⁢ bulletins.