Merlangius merlangus, is a bony fish in the cod family. It is found from the western Mediterranean to northern Norway and Iceland. It is found in all inland Danish waters and the western Baltic Sea.
The whiting has a distinct overbite with pointed, thin teeth and is best known on a black spot at the root of the pectoral fin and the lack of whiskers. The whiting around Iceland can grow up to 70 centimeters long and weigh up to 3 kilos. In the North Sea, it rarely grows larger than 40-45 centimeters.
The whiting lives a large part of its life more or less pelagically. It can be found at depths down to 200 meters and often travels in near the coast.