Wolf Eel

February 5, 2022

Today’s animal is the wolf eel, a type of wolffish that lives in the North Pacific. The first thing you’ll probably notice about the wolf eel is its jawline. This strong jaw has a mix of canines and molars and is actually how the wolf eel got its name! 

Read more interesting facts about this fish. 

Fun Facts:

  • Young wolf eels are orange and have dark spots at the dorsal part of their body. As they age, their color changes to gray, brown and olive green. 
  • Wolf eels can be up to 2.4m long and weigh up to 18.4kg. 
  • They can live for 25 years.
  • Wolf Eels mate for life. When they find their partner, they spend their entire lives in a single cave together. 
  • Females can lay up to 10,000 eggs. 
  • While wolf eels can bite, they are not considered an aggressive species. Their bites are also not venomous. 
  • Wolf eels eat hard-shelled crustaceans, such as clams, mussels and sea urchins. When in captivity, they have also been known to dine on squid. 
  • There was a time in history when only tribal healers had the permission to enjoy the flesh of wolf eel. Eating wolf eels was said to increase healing abilities. Therefore this animal got dubbed the doctor fish. 

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