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2008-10-01 00:00:00

Ugly, Not Invincible

Perhaps you know it by its menu moniker: loup de mer. It’s sweet, it’s delicious… and it’s really ugly. The Atlantic Wolffish isn’t a contestant in our Freaky Fish contest, but it could be. Still, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be protected. Today the Conservation Law Foundation will petition federal officials to add the US population of wolffish, a.k.a. the ocean catfish, to the endangered species list.An ocean floor-dweller, the wolffish is affected by bottom trawling and is also caught as bycatch. According to one scientist, the population experienced an 86 percent drop between 1995 and 2006.The debate will surely continue about whether this fish deserves to be protected. But please, everyone, leave looks out of it…[Image via www.fiskeri.no]