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Wolf Fish (15)
|Wolf fish (Anarhichas lupus)|
Reaching sizes up to 125 cm. Weighing up to 20 kg.
The wolf fish is easy to recognize. It has a long dorsal fin from its neck and backwards. The jaws are powerful with several rows of thick teeth. Its mouth is fit for crushing things and its favorite food is sea urchin. It can easily crush a human hand, so be careful handling the catch. The wolf fish is also feeding on crabs, shells and sea snails. In Norway this fish is called "gråsteinbit", meaning; grey-stone-bite. The skin is non colored, but has striped patterns in shades of grey. The skin is so thick that it is suitable for preparation, then used as leather. The wolf fish may look like a cat due to the shape of its head and its eyes. Therefore it is also called catfish. It spawns during the winter months.
The wolf fish is common along most of the Norwegian coast. North of Bergen you may also find its relatives: Anarchichas minor (with spotted pattern) and Anarchichas denticulatus (dark blue with no pattern). The wolf fish lives in shallow waters and down to 450 meters depth. That means you may find it both off coast and in fjords. It often feeds in areas with see weed. The meat is delicate and often served as chops.
I took it at Polaria Aquarium, Tromso, Norway. Not so clear, considering the glass between us.
|Altered Image #2|
Adobe Photoshop CS2
|- white balance correction|
- adding more contrast
- gaussian blur selectively to the background with 2,8 pixels radius
|Altered Image #1|
Colour tint neutralized.
|The orange colour tint seems to have been caused by artificial light and/or a tinted glass. I tried to compensate that by applying Photoshop Elements tint removal tool. Then there was a 20% increase of contrast, selective noise reduction on the background, and a selective application of sharpening filter on the wolf fish. |
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