The various species of whiting found in estuaries and inshore waters have similar brain locations. To maximise their eating qualities, they should be killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head, or by cervical dislocation (breaking the neck). Smaller specimens (less than 20-25 cm) taken from warm water can also be killed quickly and humanely in an ice slurry.
- These fish are silvery white in colour, without yellow fins or dark blotches at the base of the pectoral fins.
- Northern whiting can be found in very shallow waters ( as shallow as 10 cm), and have been known to completely bury themselves in the sand to evade predators.
- Northern whiting inhabit beaches, sandbars, mangrove creeks and estuaries of the tropical Indo-Pacific region, including northern Australia.
- They typically form schools across sand banks near river mouths and in the surf zone to around 5 meters depth.
Fish Size Common Length:
20-25 cm, maximum size around 35 cm.