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A delicacy, but beware of the sting

Avatar of inke inke - 26. mars 2019 - Environment

White barbels come in different shades of colour. They have six barbels – two on the upper jaw and four on the lower jaw – which help them to detect prey in murky water.

Dirk Heinrich

The white barbel (Galeichthys feliceps), popularly known as white sea catfish, is one of the numerous species of surf fish caught on the Namibian coast from the beach or from boats. It is feared but also revered as a delicacy. This fish without scales needs to be handled with care because it is equipped with three razor sharp spines: one close to the dorsal fin and one in each of the pectoral fins. In the face of danger the catfish raises the spines by extending the fins from the body. In that situation it can quickly happen that one of the spines penetrates a careless angler’s hand or hits another part of his body if the fish is still thrashing on the hook of the line. A sting from a catfish spine is a very painful experience.

Many anglers believe that catfish stocks have drastically declined. They also say that the fish they catch is rather small compared to earlier times. White barbels are considered a special delicacy among German-speaking Namibians. 

For more information about the white barbel please have a look at Namibia Outdoor.

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