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585105.  Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:40 pm Reply with quote

Am I the only person that thought halibut were the size of plaice?
How wrong I was.

Sadurian Mike
585116.  Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:48 pm Reply with quote

Although the fish is actually a couple of feet in front of the chappie, that is still an impressive halibut.



Oh okay. When asked why he went fishing, the man said, "I just do it for the halibut".

585119.  Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:50 pm Reply with quote

This is neither the time nor the plaice.

Sadurian Mike
585129.  Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:01 pm Reply with quote

I did wonder, but I didn't want to flounder about looking for something interesting to post.

585133.  Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:05 pm Reply with quote

I thought this was quite interesting from the wiki site:

When the Halibut is born the eyes are on both sides of its head, and it swims like a salmon. After about 6 months one eye will migrate to the other side of its head.

(Edit for halfwitted tagging.)

Last edited by Davini994 on Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:13 pm; edited 1 time in total

585137.  Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:09 pm Reply with quote

That's really odd, isn't it? I thought at first that maybe the head changes shape so that both eyes end up on the same side, but it does seem to suggest that the eye actually moves.

Sadurian Mike
585156.  Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:21 pm Reply with quote

I actually knew that; all flatfish are born looking and swimming like regular fish and change as they grow.

Quite why I knew that, and what use I ever thought it would be, is beyond me.

585158.  Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:22 pm Reply with quote

I still can't see how the eye actually makes its way round to the other side of the head!

Sadurian Mike
585182.  Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:43 pm Reply with quote

It's not really moving to the other side; more moving to very top (which then become the side...).

585343.  Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:22 am Reply with quote

I feel a bit flat now - the word 'migrates' conjured up wonderful pictures of a little eye hiking it's way over the head. Still, wrong to call nature disappointing.

585397.  Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:31 am Reply with quote

All flatties are spawned looking like round fish. In some species the left eye migrates and they lie on thier right side (Paralichthydae - e.g. many flounders, whiffs and sanddabs), and in others the right eye migratesand they lie on thier leaft side (Pleuronectidae - e.g. halibut, Dover sole, plaice, dab etc).

The Atlantic Halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) can reach lengths of up to 4.5m/25ft and weigh up to 320kg/710lb according to wiki.

Glaucus has the largest fish ever caught as 266kg and 3.6m long by commercial fishermen in Iceland. A fisherman landed a 106kg fish with a rod and line from a boat off Dunnet Head, Scotland in the late 1970s,which is the largest caught this way in the UK. There is a picture we have that Granda Mac took of Granny Mac standing next to that after it was brought ashore.

This is a slightly larger fish that was landed in Aberdeen in the 60s, from

585491.  Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:54 am Reply with quote

You could go surfing on that.

585495.  Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:06 am Reply with quote

So I can blame my wandering eyes on my evolutionary ancestor then?

Sadurian Mike
585570.  Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:21 pm Reply with quote

Starfish13 wrote:
This is a slightly larger fish that was landed in Aberdeen in the 60s, from

"We're gonna need a bigger frying pan."

587508.  Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:04 pm Reply with quote

'Good enough for Jehovah'


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