What are FlatFish?

Nearly are flat fish are valued highly as food. The European sole is commonly considered to be the most delicious of all fish. The largest member of the flatfish family is the halibut.

After it was discovered that halibut liver oil was the richest natural source of vitamin A, as well as prossing a high Vitamin D content, halibut fishing became specialized, and special “halibut ships” were built.

By far the most commercially important flatfish is the place. This fish, easily recognizable by its characteristic red sports, is very common round our coasts. The flounder, which comes up many tidal rivers, is also common here.


Among the more than 500 different kinds of flatfish are sole, flounder, fluke, halibut and turbot. They have bodies that are flat like a pancake and they lie and swim one side with both of their eyes up on top.

But long, long ago, the flatfish did not travel and rest on their sides. They lived and moved in an upright position, and as result they were being destroyed by their enemies. Then some of them, in order to survive, began to travel and rest entirely on their sides, and after thousands of years all flatfish began to do this.

But there was problem. This meant that one eye would be burried in the mud and the mouth was at a bad angle for eating. So for thousands of years all flatfish began to do this.

But there was one problems. This meant that one eye would be buried in the mud and the mouth was at a bad angle for eating. So for thousands of years these fish began trying to twist the buried eye around to where it could see.

And gradually this eye developed on the top of the head on the upper side! The fantastic thing is that today, each flatfish after it is born goes through this process. It repeats the whole process of its evolution during its own lifetime its eye actually travels across the top of its head and comes out on top! 

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