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common bleak

Head of Alburnus alburnus in the scales on the back pearly colours from the guanine crystals are visible.

Ablette or common bleak is a little freshwater fish living in the Loire, Rhône and lakes of Savoie. It sometimes appears in fish fries in the Pays de la Loire, and is often used as bait to catch pike or perch.

Bleak scales are used to give a pearlescent appearance to faux pearls.

Fish and seafood

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Piet Spaans