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Time and Tide Bell ~ #200Fish

A Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast

#200Fish is a community project to create works of art based on each of the species of fish found in the North Sea

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Fish #85 Blue Ling Molva dypterygia ~ Vasile Nicolae

Acrylic on canvas

I am a beautiful creature that lives deep in the sea. I feed on gobies, crustaceans and squid. My eyes are large and I twist and turn with my long , slender body. I am a member of the cod family.

The trawlermen find me valuable and I am caught by them for human consumption and occasionally reduced to fishmeal. Please don't target me when I'm spawning as my species is severely depleted. I am the Blue Ling, Molva dypteryia. Treat me with respect.


Fish #85 Blue Ling Molva dypterygia ~ Robin Conybeare

Watercolour on paper 16 x 24 cm

Blue Ling

A relative of the White Ling, Molva molva, commonly found on the continental shelf at depths of 600-1,000 metres in the Rockall Trough and Norwegian trench, and at shallower depths in the Faroe-Shetland Channel. It is a hard fighting predator with a powerful body, long fins, large eye and sharp teeth - the perfect attributes for hunting fish in deep water.


Fish #85 Blue Ling Molva dypterygia ~ Sarah Wilkinson

Recycled Blue (Bombay Sapphire) fused glass, silver leaf 68 x 20 x 1.5 cm

Blue Ling

Found: Deep waters around Europe, Greenland and North America, found on the west coast of Ireland and the Faroe-Shetland Channel to the north of Scotland. The Blue Ling cod is usually found on the continental slopes at depths of 300-500m.
Size: Grows up to 150 cm (60") long and weighs up to 130lbs.
Description: Molva dypterygia is a member of the cod-like family with a slender long body. Eel shaped with long, slim fins and short first dorsal fin and long second dorsal fin. The mouth has protruding lower jaw and very small sharp teeth, with very large eyes.
Colour: Blue ling Cod are very distinctive, with greyish flesh with brown and green spots and bright blue inside. They get their name form the bright blue to turquoise flesh found on the inside. The lingcod is a popular eating fish due to its bright blue flesh colour, however the colour is destroyed when cooked.
Food: The fish is found on the bottom of the seabed and feeds on crustaceans, especially octopus and squid.

Special thanks to Bombay Sapphire Distillery for supplying the empty glass gin bottles that were recycled to create the distinctive blue glass colour for the fish. Also a special thanks to all the staff at Creative Glass UK for the use of their kiln and all their helpful advice with fusing the recycled glass.


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