The Atlantic cod is one of the greatest assets of the Atlantic Ocean, but also one of the most exploited by fishing activity. Usually found in deeper, colder waters, it forms big schools that disperse at dawn and dusk to feed. During the mating season, females are courted by males that exhibit their fins while emitting grunts.
The Atlantic cod is a huge target of fishing activity and as a result its conservation status is vulnerable.
The Atlantic cod varies in colour from brown to green, with spots on the dorsal side, shading to silver ventrally. It can grow up to two metres in length, weigh up to 96 kilograms and it can live for 25 years.