Flounder | The Salt Marsh

Flounder
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There are several species of flatfish that occur in South Carolina. These include flounder, soles, and tonguefish. The flatfish lie slightly buried on the bottom, where they wait for prey, such as smaller fish, to swim nearby, then they lunge up from the bottom and grab the prey. When viewed from their top side, the heads of soles face right, but the heads of most (not all) flounder face left. Flatfish hatch from their eggs looking like ìnormalî fish, with eyes on either side of their body. As they grow, one eye moves over the top of the head, and the body becomes flattened from top to bottom.