Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Des haûs et des d'mouaîselles - White hounds and smooth hounds

Mustelus mustelus2Hièr au sé à l'aubèrge nou pâlait des noms d'paîssons et d'la pêque. Tch'est i' sont les noms des p'tits cheurques que nou pêque lé tou d'nos côtes?

Yesterday evening in the pub (drop in at the Adelphi in The Parade every Tuesday 5.30-6.30pm) there was talk about names of fish and about fishing. What are those small members of the shark family caught around our coasts called? For the non-expert and the non-fisherman, all those dog-fish and sharky creatures go under the name of du tchian (dog) or du tchian d'mé (dog of the sea).

More specifically:

  • haû = white hound, tope (Galeorhinus galeus)
  • d'mouaîselle = smooth hound (Mustelus mustelus) - it was believed by many fisherman in the past that the d'mouaîselle was the female of the haû; also spiny dogfish, picked dogfish (Squalus acanthias)
  • bliu = smooth hound (Mustelus mustelus)

More fish vocab:
Lé Vocabulaithe des Paîssons en Jèrriais

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