Featured Fish: Monkfish / Anglerfish
Found throughout the world, it prevails in the North Atlantic – and in our Gulf of Maine waters in particular. Its wide grin of sharp teeth makes it seem nightmarish in the display case, but once filleted its firm, slightly sweet white tail meat beckons comparison to lobster meat – hence its nickname the “poor man’s lobster.”
Monkfish are deep sea fish that lack scales which is also known as the anglerfish, because of the fishing rod-shaped antennae atop its distinctively ugly head, which are useful in luring a wide variety of smaller fish which they prey upon. With such a generous oral passageway, however, codlings nearly 2 feet in length have been discovered in their bellies, which can hold an inventory of food nearly half its own weight.