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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

37. Burbot
(Lota lota)

37. Burbot

It resembles a stocky Eel, and is found, not very often, in a few Eastern English rivers. The skin is mottled brown, the mouth large with three barbels (one on the lower jaw, two near the nostrils); there are two dorsal fins, the first short, the second very long. The Burbot lives in deep water, hidden in weeds, under stones or in the tangled roots of the banks, coming out at night to hunt for small fish, frogs or other aquatic creatures. The average weight is about 1½ lbs. but may reach 8 lbs. No angling records.