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Eel-Pout/Ocean Pout (Zoarces viviparus)

A round sea fish growing up to 40cm in length, and found in the waters around Scandinavia and Scotland.

An American cousin called the "Mutton-Fish" occurs in the North West Atlantic, and specimens there have been known to reach over 1 metre. They are rather flatteringly marketed in the U.S.A as "ocean sole", but although the flesh is pleasant, it doesn"t justify such comparison, and is best suited to baking, poaching or chowders.

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