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Atlantic puffin

Atlantic puffin

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Cuckoo wrasse

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Ballan wrasse

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Saithe

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Pouting

Atlantic wolffish

Atlantic wolffish

European eel

European eel

European conger

European conger

European plaice

European plaice

European flounder

European flounder

Turbot

Turbot

European conger

European conger

Facts

LatinConger conger
Size300 cm
FoodFish, large crustaceans and squid
HabitatSandy and stony bottom
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationEastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean
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The moray eel of cold water

The European conger lives among rocks and stones. Many of them can live in the same hole. During the night, the European conger leaves its hole and goes hunting for fish, squid and crustaceans.

A bad reputation

The European conger has a reputation for being a terrible beast that attacks divers and swimmers. But the European conger is also large with powerful jaws and sharp teeth. If it wants to, it can bite really hard. But in reality the European conger is quiet and shy. It prefers to avoid people. The last mission When the European conger is between 5 and 15 years of age, it becomes sexually mature. Its reproductive organs increase in size, its skeleton starts to decrease in mass, it loses its teeth and stops eating. The body is then filled with eggs or sperm cells, depending on whether it is a male or female. The European conger then spawns and dies.

Meet a European conger in the wild

The European conger is found in the Skagerrak. Every now and then it is caught in the inner Danish waters and more rarely in the Baltic. The European eel never enters fresh water. There are not very many European conger in Danish waters. So you will have to be very lucky to run into one.


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