Atlantic pomfrets on Dutch beaches

Atlantic pomfret

From Dutch daily De Telegraaf:

Atlantic pomfrets wash up on West Frisian Islands

AMELAND – In recent weeks, on the beaches of Ameland and Terschelling dozens of Atlantic pomfrets have washed ashore. Dirk Visser of Rijkswaterstaat Ameland found in two weeks time, every day about ten specimens of this tropical fish. “A total of one hundred washed up on Ameland and about eighty on Terschelling,” Visser said.

The Atlantic pomfret, officially “Brama brama”, is especially common in the Atlantic Ocean. The animal can be one meter long. The fish owes his nickname in Dutch, zilvervis, to the “beautiful silver color,” according to Visser. The specimens which he finds are about 40 centimeter long.

According to him, every now and then, the fish reach the North Sea. “As they get cold, they come straight into the surf. Then they get pecked to death by seagulls. “They just leave the skin. That’s for the crows which come later.”

The Atlantic pomfrets are often still in good health as they arrive on the islands. “Until they get pecked to death.”

Visser does not expect many more Atlantic pomfrets will beach on the islands. “It is really colder now. So I do not think many more will come.”

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