The Angler - Lophius piscatorius
Photo and text: Vebjørn Karlsen.
The angler, of the Monkfish family, is also sometimes called frogfish or sea-devil. It can grow up to 200 cm and weight up to 90 kg. The female is bigger then the male.
The angler is a chameleon and can be hard to spot as it lies in the vegetation. All round its head and also along the body the skin bears fringed appendages resembling short fronds of seaweed. The fish’s fins can function almost like feet and it looks like it walks along the bottom.
The angler has got its name from the way it attracts food. The front part of the dorsal fin can be used as a lure and be moved in front of the mouth. Fishes are attracted by the movement and swallowed by the big mouth. The main food supply is fish but it can also eat sea birds that dive down to feed on the bottom.
The eggs are delivered at great depths in spring.
According to folk legend the fish was connected with misfortune and accidents. Many fishermen have been seen to cancel the trip and return to port after been face to face with the angler.
The first historical isolation of Insulin came from the anglerfish’s pancreas.
The anglerfish is one out of three fishes we have a no-hunting policy for here in Saltstraumen. The fish is not so common to see in the current but can be found at Tuvsjyen or Mørkvedbukta.
Camera: Nikon D700. Lenses: 60 mm macro. Two flashes.