The gilt-head bream is a sea-bream with a tall back, a creamy white band over the head and a typically large black patch behind the gill flaps (larger than by the red sea-bream). This fish gives off a lovely golden sheen in the sunlight, however the color disappears quickly when out of water. Gilt-head bream are found mostly by rocky coasts, where they 'pluck' mussels. They also eat other small animals and algae. The maximum length for a male is 40 centimeters, a female 30 centimeters. Normally, this fish lives in the Mediterranean Sea and the warm East Atlantic Ocean. It is a summer guest in the North Sea. Gilt-head bream are fished for human consumption.