• Norwegian: lange


The juveniles have a beautiful brown or olive coloration on a white base. Adults have grey bodies with a brown tint. The ling has a long, slender body and a distinct beard on the lower jaw. The first dorsal fin is short and rounded, while the second is uniform and rectangular in shape. There is a dark spot at the rear end of the first dorsal fin. The ling can reach a length of 2,2 meters.


Adults prefer to go deeper than 100 meters, while juveniles and young individuals are often seen under rocks and in crevices, on diveable depths.


It is widespread over the North-Atlantic Ocean, but most most frequent in the eastern parts. The registrations span from the western Barents Sea to Gibraltar and occasionally in the western parts of the Mediterranean.