The curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) is not common in Norwegian waters, but sometimes it crawls into a lobster pot or becomes an unexpected by-catch. The pictures on this page shows curled octopus from different locations along the western coast of Norway.
The first curled octopus (above) was taken in a pot while fishing for Norwegian lobster in 2012. Photo: Bjørnar Akselvoll. The color of the octopus is usually shades of red, brown or orange but the octopus has the ability to change its color-pattern.
The octopus above was caught in 2003 and I do not recall the story about this catch. Photo: R. Gjerde. The curled octopus seen below was taken as a by-catch while fishing with net in a fjord (Hardangerfjorden) two years ago. Photo: Kåre Grønsnes.
Taking pictures of the catch is in this case done because the curled octopus is a rare sight along the Norwegian coastline. The curled octopus on this page were released after the photo-session. As this octopus is rare in Norway, we have no tradition of eating them.
In Norway we kall it Trollkrabbe (meaning Troll-Crab). I may look like a troll with all the spikes covering the body and the claws. I believe this crab is called «Northern stone-crab» and the Latin name is Lithodes maja. It is related to the king-crab, but smaller.
Although it’s smaller it is not too small to eat. I got the crab from a fisherman who had caught one in his net while fishing for herring. He had so much work with all the herring that he didn’t care about the crab. I got the crab and I thought «It looks like a king crab.. maybe it taste like a king crab?»
The large king crab is found further north in Norway, but why not try a northern stone crab? I boiled it for 12 minutes in salted water and then set it outside. When the crab was cold, I served it with white bread and mayonnaise. I have tasted king crab, but the northern stone crab tasted even better. Only the legs and claws are eatable.
The norther stone crab is also fond in parts of UK and don’t throw it away if you get one in your pot or fishing net – it tastes fantastic! Below you can see a picture of the northern stone crab while it still was alive.
On a survey in the Norwegian Sea Norwegian scientists got a big long rough dab (Hippoglossoides platessoides) in the trawl. The long rough dab is believed to reach a maximum length at 50 cm. in the eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean. The biggest and oldest species are females. The growth rate is slow and fish close to the maximum length are rare.
As seen on the picture below this fish is more than 50 cm. long. The official length was set to 51 cm. although we can see that the fish tail is close to 52 cm.
The pictures of the big long rough dab are taken by Øyvind Tangen.
The european seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) is not a common fish i Norwegian waters. Still every summer some seabass get caught in the Norwegian fjords. The pictures below show a rare catch of european sebass in January. This is an unusual catch as the seabass normally seek out of the fjords and into the Atlantic Ocean during fall.
The fish seen on this pictures were caught by using a net. Photo: Kåre Grønsnes