Snyders' two rectangles represent another seafood still-life in a busy harbor. Only this still-life is teaming with life. The truth be told, we cannot emphasize with fish. That's why the painter put a small mammal in the center, at the eye level. See how the poor thing struggles to escape the butchery? Nonsense, he looks pathetic. In the right lower corner a cat snatches a fish steak as large as its appetite.