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LatinAnarrhichthys ocellatus
Size240 cm
FoodBottom-living animals and fish
HabitatLives on the seabed down to 200 m depth

Not evaluated

LocationNorth Pacific

Neither a wolf nor an eel

The wolf-eel is in the same family as the catfish and is not related to the eel, although its name implies this.

Is the wolf-eel dangerous?

The wolf-eel's jaws are very powerful. Its teeth enable it to subsist on a hard diet including crabs and sea urchins. The wolf-eel is not aggressive and is more known for its curiosity and friendliness.

A loving start to life

The female lays 10,000 eggs at a time. She then curls herself around the eggs and forms them into a ball the size of a grapefruit. The male then arranges himself around the female to further protect the eggs. For the next 4 months, the female massages the eggs and ensures that fresh water circulates around them. Then the eggs hatch. Wolf-eels mate for life.

The coast of the Pacific