Salmon fights lingcod while diving Vancouver Island Canada.
During a dive in Barkley Sound with Rendezvous Dive Adventures we found this 5 ft lingcod that caught an unsuspected chinook salmon. A bottom dweller catching a fast swimming fish.. the end?.
To end all speculations about the name ” Lingcod”…. This fish, Ophidon Elongatus (long snouted), is actually related to and part of the greenling family. Lingcod is just a common name and as so often does not correctly represent itself.
(…) Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) are voracious predators, feeding on nearly anything they can fit in their mouths, including invertebrates and many species of fish, such as herring, Clupea pallasii, salmon and Pacific hake, Merluccius productus. One of their favorite foods are smaller octopuses, and they will also readily devour large rockfish. Lingcod that survive the larval stages have few predators themselves, and are vulnerable mainly to marine mammals, such as sea lions and harbor seals (…) More about Lingcod