Monkfish, sometimes called anglerfish or goosefish, are a bottom-dwelling sea fish. They are not the most popular catch among sport fishermen, but they are edible and sometimes pursued for recreation.
Easy to identify, monkfish have a relatively flat body, a spiny and disproportionately-sized head, and a mouth full of fang-like teeth.
They can be found in Canada's Grand Banks to as far south as Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. They dwell as far out as 200 miles from shore.
These bottom dwellers like sandy, muddy and silty bottoms in anything from relatively shallow waters to abyssal depths of below 2,300 feet.
These are predatory fish who will eat just about anything they can catch, which means most fish that are smaller than themselves. They have even been known to come to the surface and attack water birds.
Males are roughly 35 inches long and females are roughly 39 inches long.
Although the U.S. government has not classified monkfish as endangered or over-fished, they are considered to be so by the organization, Seafood Watch.
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