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Estuaries such as Long Island Sound are among the most valuable ecosystems in the world. The Sound supports diverse marine life, including most of the fish and shellfish we value as food ..."
– Connecticut Sea Grant
Long Island Sound




Common Name:  Atlantic wolffish

wolffish 1Latin Name:  Anarhichas lupus

Size/weight:  Up to five feet long and 40 pounds; average is 3 feet and 15 pounds.

Range:  From Greenland to New Jersey

Habitat:  Hard bottoms from near shore down to 500 feet.

Diet:  Mollusks, echinoderms  and crustaceans.

Predators:  Humans, cod and some marine mammals.

Description:  Long body that tapers down to a slender tail; blueish grey with irregular vertical bars on its sides.  Long dorsal fin and protruding teeth.

Conservation Note:  Not listed as threatened or endangered.

See them in the Depths of the Sound gallery (in the Shipwreck habitat) and in “Go Fish!” »




Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound

and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,

it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science,

and environmental education.


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