Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Creature Feature #297: Halibut

The Halibut is the largest flatfish species, with some individuals weighing over 200 kg. He begins life pale coloured, with eyes on both sides of his body and swims like a salmon. As he matures, his left eye eye begins to migrate over to the right side of his body, which also begins to grow darker in colouration. This allows him camouflage from above where he blends in with the ocean floor, and from below when he becomes less visible against the light. This trait is found in many fish species. He commonly rests on the ocean bed and forages for other fish, crustaceans and anything he can fit in his mouth.

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