Wolf Eel
(Anarrhichthys ocellatus)

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Image ID: 89-01

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Comments : Want to meet some of the friendliest Wolf-Eels in the northwest? There are at least four (and probably many more) hanging out under some collapsed plates on the Wreck of the Themus. In fact, these Wolf-Eels are so friendly that they will usually find you before you find them. These Wolf-Eels are just as tame as the Sunrise Wolf-Eels, and can be gently handled if you are careful. Always keep in mind that Wolf-Eels are wild animals and they do have sharp teeth designed for tearing open sea urchins, so your hand doesn't stand much of a chance if you are not careful. And please never restrain the fish by holding on to it firmly! Always give the fish it's freedom, right when it wants it. Remember, the fish is doing YOU the favor by LETTING you handle it. The Themus was a +300' steel freighter that hit some rocks north of Browning Pass around 1910, if I have my facts straight. She was carrying canned salmon (kind of ironic that now she is the fish food). Anyway, the story goes that the captain went back south to get a salvage vessel, which he proceeded to wreck on his way back up north to salvage the Themus. I think this captain was driving supertankers for Exxon a while ago... The Themus is a great dive site. The wreck has completely collapsed, as she is fairly shallow and in very exposed waters. However, the old steel plates serve as excellent cover for Wolf-Eels, huge Ling Cod (and I mean huge 5 footers), rockfish, anemones, greenling, etc. This is a very fun site to explore. Around the Themus, there is a huge kelp bed and some incredible rock structure.
Common name : Wolf Eel
Scientific Name : Anarrhichthys ocellatus
Location Found : Wreck of the Themus, BC, Canada
Actual Size : 72 inches
Camera Used : Sea & Sea MMII EX 35mm lens
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