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Close up photos of an Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) – My favorite fish

December 21st, 2007 · 20 Comments

Close up photos of an Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera June 10th 2007. Click image for larger view.

In this picture you can see a close up shot of an Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) that I fished earlier this year. This fish is so tasteful that my mouth waters just by writing this and despite it looks, its my favorite fish to eat 😉
The Atlantic halibut is one of the biggest flastfishes on our planet. It can become over 3 meters long and weigh well over 300 kg. The one I caught wasn’t not even close to those sizes and weighed about 4-5 kg. It still gave me quite a fight when I tried to reel it in with my fishing rod.
If you should ever have to luck of getting a big Atlantic halibut you have to be careful when you get it into your boat. I have heard a story about a man that was found dead with the halibuts tail deep inside his breast. They are very powerful!

Check this picture for a view from my fishing boat and this one of my uncle steering the boat to rich fishing grounds. Also follow Photos from Northern Norway on Facebook.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Flash used
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Fish · Fishing · Macro · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sharon // Dec 21, 2007 at 6:22 am

    Looks like the fish is sticking out his tongue at you….


  • 2 vaggelis vlahos // Dec 21, 2007 at 10:19 am

    very interesting capture. Thank you for the info

  • 3 Mike Maddaloni - The Hot Iron // Dec 21, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Just in time for your Italian and Italian-American readers for Christmas and the dinner with the 7 fishes!


  • 4 Jenn // Dec 21, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Did you take that picture for the Halibut?
    (With an American accent “Halibut” almost sounds like “Hell-of-it”. I just couldn’t resist the joke. )

  • 5 Carlos Lorenzo // Dec 21, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Wonderful specimen Jungl. Nice shot.

  • 6 steve // Dec 22, 2007 at 1:31 am

    don’t mess with the hippoglossus hippoglossus!

  • 7 Marisa // Dec 22, 2007 at 10:55 am


    It is so.. uhm.. asymmetrical?

  • 8 Lynda Lehmann // Dec 23, 2007 at 5:33 am

    Great photo, though it does nothing for my appetite, LOL….

    I actually love to eat halibut but I’ve never seen one in quite this pose!

  • 9 Kystbloggen // Dec 23, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Great photo, and congratulation with the catch. You are right, they taste fantastic. The small ones almost taste like chicken!

  • 10 benhurjun // Dec 24, 2007 at 5:01 am

    I haven’t tasted it yet but I heard the Halibut is one of the most tasty fish in the ocean. I like golden trout and the Atlantic salmon and I hope to dig my fork in one of those halibuts one day.

    Happy Holidays and may you have a halibut dish in your plate this Christmas eve! Cheers!

  • 11 Shantanu // Dec 24, 2007 at 9:29 am

    That is one interesting photo! As a sea-food lover, my mouth waters too. 🙂

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  • 13 Ogie // Dec 27, 2007 at 2:55 am

    I just found your site. I love all the images you have posted.


  • 14 Patricia // Jan 2, 2008 at 3:08 am

    I’ve never seen a Halibut from quite that angle either, but it doesn’t change how good they taste! Getting to eat fresh Halibut is probably the thing I miss most about Alaska. Take care and keep those amazing photos coming.

  • 15 Sharon // Jan 5, 2008 at 3:23 am

    You all are making me very hungry with all thist talk of food 🙂

  • 16 Phil // Jan 6, 2008 at 4:39 am

    I enjoyed your post on your favorite fish. I like so many, it’s hard for me to narrow down my favorites. Two of my favorites are Lake Perch and Codfish. I enjoy fish broiled with butter. Pan fried with butter and sometimes a little coating of flour is delicious too.

  • 17 seraphangel // Feb 16, 2008 at 6:02 am

    that’s an interesting fish, both it’s eyes are on one side of it’s ‘face’, looks kinda scary too, like it will bite anytime

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