Wolff Eel

Wolff Eel

Wolf Eel

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The wolf eel has edible, sweet and savory white flesh. In some coastal northwest Native American tribes, the wolf eel was referred to as the sacred "doctorfish". Only the tribal healers were allowed to eat this fish, as it was supposed to enhance their healing powers.

Wolf eels aren’t eels at all—they’re fish, and not the same as true eels. One key distinction is that wolf eels have pectoral fins behind their heads, which is characteristic of fish, not marine eels like morays. Put simply, they’re a just a long, skinny fish! (Source:

Wolf eels have a thick coating of slime on their skin that helps protect them, which works like an immune system. Their scales are unlike those of most other fish: they’re very small and imbedded in their skin, which gives wolf eels their distinctive leathery appearance. They also appear to get itchy sometimes and can be seen swimming upside down, rubbing their backs on rocks to scratch! (Source: www.seattleaquarium.org


Despite its name, the Wolf Eel is actually a fish. It was given this name because of its powerful jaws and sharp teeth that it uses to crush hard-shelled creatures, such as crabs and abalone. Wolf Eels are very large fish; they can be up to eight feet long and weigh around 40 pounds. (Source: a-z-animals.com)www.seattleaquarium.org))Although wolf eel populations appear to be stable, they do face threats—many of them human-caused, such as pollution or being accidentally caught in fishing gear. You can help protect wolf eels by doing your part to take care of Puget Sound and the world’s one big ocean.

The scientific name of the Wolf Eel is Anarrhichthys ocellatus. Anarrhichthys is a Greek word that means fish. Ocellatus is a Latin term that refers to the spot on the Wolf Eel that looks like eyes. (Source: a-z-animals.com The Wolf Eel is part of the order Perciformes. This is the largest order of vertebrates and over 40% of all bony fish are included in this order. The Wolf Eel belongs to the Actinopterygii class and the family Anarhichadidae. Including the Wolf Eel, there are five different species of fish included in this family, also known as the Wolffish family. (Source:a-z-animals.com))

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