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Common hermit crab

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Whiting

Whiting

Facts

LatinMerlangius merlangus
Size70 cm
FoodCrustaceans, snails, mussels and worms
HabitatClose to the coast – down to depths of 200 meters
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationNorth East Atlantic
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Get to know the whiting

The whiting belongs to the cod family, but lacks the cod's characteristic chin barbel. You can recognise a whiting by its strong overbite, its many sharp teeth and by a black spot near its pectoral fin.

Colours that protect

The whiting is light and silver-coloured on its belly and dark on its back. This type of colouring is widely seen among many fish that live in the water column. The colours allow them to camouflage themselves in the middle of the water. They merge with the lighter surface when seen from below, and blend in with the dark bottom when seen from above.

Catch a whiting

You can catch whiting in August and September. This is the best time. Fish from a harbour jetty or from a boat. Whiting bite at all kinds of bait such as lug worms, herring pieces and prawns. The whiting is often found close to the bottom, and this is where you should fish. The whiting is a good food fish with white and tasty flesh.


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