• Norwegian: marulker


Many anglerfish display a spectacular appearance. A characteristic feature is one of the dorsal spines that resembles a fishing pole. Some of the deep sea anglerfish even have a light in the end of the pole. It is used to attract small fish close to the enormous mouth. When the mouth is opened the fish is simply sucked in.


There are approximately 150 species around the world, many of them living on extreme depths. The monkfish is the only anglerfish common in Norwegian waters.