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Picture of angler fish (Lophius piscatorius) caught in herring net – also known as fishing-frog, frog-fish and sea-devil

September 5th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Picture of angler fish (Lophius piscatorius) caught in herring net
Taken with Apple iPhone 3GS camera August 11th 2010. Click image for larger view.
Here is a picture of a fish called angler fish (Lophius piscatorius) that I caught in a herring net this summer. It was not a big fish, but the angler was a pleasant surprise as I have never caught one of these before either with a fishing rod or in in my fishing nets. It was also a new experience to fillet the fish as it had a pretty tough skin.

The angler fish is also known as fishing-frog, frog-fish and sea-devil. This is a predatory fish that live on the seabed along the coast of Norway. There it lives of prey that the fish attracts with a “rod” on its head. Anglerfish live mainly of other fish, but it can even catch diving birds.
The specimen I received in the herring net was not big, but anglerfish can weigh up to 100 kg with a world record at 99.4 kg caught near Bergen in Norway.

Note: This picture was taken with an Apple iPhone 3GS so it is not the best quality.
Please check out my other pictures of fish on this page.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Apple iPhone 3GS
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/167)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 3.9 mm
ISO Speed: 70
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Tags: Fish · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Claire // Sep 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Bloomin heck tis an ugly fish and a blog post from you, not sure which is more shocking :)

  • 2 mike // Sep 6, 2010 at 5:05 am

    He looks pretty mean :)

  • 3 Thomas Laupstad // Sep 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Hehe, hello Claire!!

  • 4 Dr. Jim Johnson // Sep 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Hej Mike, Actually the ugly and mean anglerfish is actually a female. See my article on that fish posted at http://www.icr.org/article/6538 . Frankly, I’d rather eat lutefisk every week for a year than try to eat something as ugly as a female angler-fish! : ) JJSJ

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