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~ 459 Lbs Caught at Dutch Harbor, AK on June 11, 1996 by angler Jack
~ Hippoglossus Stenolepis
~ Giant Halibut, Northern Halibut, Hali, barn door
~ The body of the Pacific halibut is elongate, rather slender, diamond
shaped and compressed. The width is usually about a third of the length.
The head is elongate and the mouth is large. Both eyes are on the right
side of the body. The color of the body is dark brown to black with fine
mottling on the eyed side and white on bottom side.
~ Halibut can weigh over 500 pounds and grow to 9 feet. Males are
smaller than females seldom achieving more than 90 pounds. The typical
angler caught Halibut is from 10 to 60 pounds.
~ Juveniles (1 inch and larger) are common in shallow, near-shore waters
6.5 to 164 feet deep in Alaska and British Columbia. Fish move to deeper
water as they age, and migrate primarily eastward and southward. Coastal
waters of the northeast Pacific from northern California to the Gulf of
Alaska to the Aleutian Island chain and into the Bering Sea, with a
center of abundance around Kodiak Island.
~ Juveniles consume small crustaceans and other benthic organisms.
Mature halibut prey on cod, pollock, sablefish, rockfish, turbot,
sculpins, other flatfish, sand lance, herring, octopus, crabs, clams,
and occasionally smaller halibut.