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Monday, 29 February 2016


Mackerel have vertical stripes on their sides which may help them stay in formation when they are schooling.

Mackerel are prolific broadcast spawners and must breed near the surface of the water due to the eggs of the females floating. Individual females lay between 300,000 and 1,500,000 eggs.

Mackerel are the fastest swimming fish in UK waters; They can  around fifty metres in ten seconds.

In 2009, Julian Pryke, a fishmonger from Greenwich, South London, successfully cut and gutted 362 mackerel in just one hour, a record he achieved while sitting in a bath.

The flesh of mackerel spoils easily, especially in the tropics, and can cause food poisoning. So, it should be eaten on the day of capture, unless pickled in salt, or refrigerated.

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