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Sea fish of Kamchatka

Greenland turbot

Greenland turbot occurs mainly on the continent slope and adjoining shelf of the coasts of the Okhotsk Sea and western Bering Sea, some specimens were also observed in the waters of eastern Kamchatka. Unlike other Pleuronectidae, it has dark blind part and light eyed part of the body. This is a big fish, living up to 24 years, which may reach 120-130 cm long, 13.5 kg of weight. As a rule, its length doesn’t exceed 85 cm. The catch usually consists of specimens 45-80 cm long with the weight of 1-5 kg. Spawning period is in May-January, with a peak in October-December. Greenland turbot has a wide bathymetric range: from 20 to 1,700 meters, the shelf is mainly inhabited by the young fish, while lower elevations and continent slope – by pubescent specimens. Greenland turbot is an active predator. Fish plays a crucial role in its nutrition, especially walleye pollock; among cephalopods, Greenland turbot prefers feeing on squids.