Hinterland Who’s Who
Scientific Name Gadus morhua Habitat
Atlantic Cod are found throughout the northern Atlantic Ocean. Some populations are migratory, for example, they’ll move from polar waters in the Arctic during the summer and fall, to deeper waters in the south for the winter and spring. As larvae, before they grow into adults, they live in the open water. As they become older, they tend to move towards the bottom of the ocean, to depths down to 600 metres!
The Atlantic Cod is a medium to large saltwater fish, normally between two and three kilograms in weight and about 65 to 100 centimetres in length. The largest cod on record weighed about 100 kilograms and was more than 180 cm long!
Atlantic Cod are omnivorous, feeding at dawn or dusk on a wide variety of prey like fish, crustaceans (like crabs, lobsters and shrimp) and other invertebrates. In fact, a cod will eat almost anything, including stones, so that it can digest the critters growing on them!