Ratfish are almost 200 million strong in the Sound and represents 70% of its fish biomass, making it the most common fish in the Sound. This shark-like fish belongs to the Chimera family and roams the sandy bottom looking for clams, crustaceans, and worms. Ratfish are not related to rats, but their long tail and their rat-like incisors inspired the name.
Declining populations of fish that compete for their food (like salmon and rockfish) have led to an increase in the ratfish’s population. So if you find yourself hanging out between 250 and 3000 feet down in the Puget Sound – be on the look out for these critters!