FLUKE

(SUMMER FLOUNDER)


Summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) is a marine flatfish that is found in the Atlantic Ocean off the East coast of the United States and Canada.  It is especially abundant in waters from North Carolina to Massachesetts.

Like most members of the left-eye flounders,  they can change the color and pattern of their dark side to match the surrounding bottom, and are also capable of rapidly burrowing into muddy or sandy bottoms.  The average fluke reaches sexual maturity at 2 years and weighs 1 to 3 pounds, typically 15 to 20 inches in length, though they can grow as large as 26 pounds and live up to 20 years with females making up the largest and oldest specimens. Fluke will lie buried with only their head exposed to ambush prey which include menhaden, killifish, small bluefish, porgies, shrimp, squid and crabs. 








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