Generally not harmful to humans when in the ocean, the Atlantic Wolffish has gained a reputation by fishermen for being a dangerous animal when pulled from the sea. With such a powerful head and teeth, these animals have been known to bite just about anything that comes in contact with them, and to not let go.
Considered a species of concern by NOAA, these animals are slow to mature and have experienced population declines in recent history. Atlantic Wolffish are considered "good eating", and have been fished for commercially and recreationally in the past which is likely the cause of their population decline.
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