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Left-eyed flounder (family Bothidae) on sea bed

Left-eyed flounder (family Bothidae) on sea bed

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RUDIGER LEHNEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY RUDIGER LEHNEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Left-eyed flounder. View of a left-eyed flounder (family Bothidae) on the sea bed. Flounders are about 35 cm long and weigh up to 1 kg. When born, the left-eyed flounder resembles many other fish, but as it matures its body flattens and its right eye migrates to the left side. The eye-less side becomes the fish's underside. The spotted appearance, as seen here, of the upper side gives it an excellent camouflage when resting on the sea floor; it can change its colour to some extent to match its surroundings. This flounder feeds on fish, crustaceans and octopus. They jump their unsuspecting prey from a hidden position. Photographed in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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