The Ling or Molva molva is a member of the Cod family and can be found all around the coasts of the UK. It has a distinctive, elongated appearance with a long dorsal fin tinged with blue which it frequently erects. Although predominantly a light brown, juveniles often have pale, marbled markings. They seem to prefer rocky areas and are often seen in wrecks. Divers usually encounter smaller specimens up to about 5kg with larger specimens up to 25kg being found in deeper water.
Due to its shape and habit of living in holes, it is often confused with the conger eel. However, the ling has a long barbel on its chin which the conger does not possess.
North Sea. St Abbs Marine Reserve