For such a common fish, the flounder (Pleuronectes americanus) can be surprisingly difficult to find. Its flat body and ability to change color makes it hard to spot on the ocean floor – the better to fool unsuspecting prey and hide from predators.
See if you can spot the flounders in our Flounder Find Exhibit.
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Flounders are carnivorous and highly predatory animals.
Flounders hide on the sand on the sea floor waiting for potential prey.
Winter Flounders start out their life looking like “normal” fish, swimming upright with eyes on either side of their head.