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Eel; conger (conger conger)

A very large eel and a member of the Congridae family of fish, this includes the common and moray eels as well as flying fish.

They are found from the Mediterranean and around the coast of Britain, particularly the south and west. Specimens have been known to reach nearly 3 metres, but 1.5 is more common. Congers are extremely fierce, often hiding in wreaks and rocky crevices, before attacking their prey.

From a culinary point of view, their flesh is firm, so they are particularly suitable for braises and stews, when steaks will hold their shape. See 'Eel'

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