Marine smallmouth smelt
Marine smallmouth smelt (lat. Hypomesus japonicus) is the largest representative of the smelt family: the length can reach 25 cm and the weight - 150 gr. (females are usually larger than males and live longer). It lives in the Eastern Arctic Ocean, as well as in the Northwest Pacific, from Korea to Kamchatka, Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. Sometimes it is also called Japanese smelt.
The name is caused by its physiology: a small labrum barely comes up to the middle of the eye, and the lower jaw is forwarded, which helps to effectively grab crustaceans, plankton, caviar of other fish, larvae. Also, the fish eats special algae growing on rocks, which give the meat a unique flavor of cucumber.
It lives in schools. Its body looks wonderful in water due to silvery scales. Smelts do not migrate far, living mainly near the shore.
They spawn in summer.
The meat contains vitamins (A, B, D), macronutrients (magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, etc.), microelements (manganese, selenium, zinc, etc.). It is believed that smelt can fight a lack of vitamins in an organism in spring.