The flounder is an ocean-dwelling flatfish species that is found in coastal lagoons and estuaries of the northern atlantic and pacific oceans. When a flounder hatches, one eye is located on each side of its brain. However, as a adult, both eyes are situated on one side of its head. One eye migrates to the other side of the body as a process of metamorphosis as it grows from larval to juvenile stage. In addition, a flounder changes its habits and camouflages itself by lying on the bottom of the ocean floor as protection against predators and as a result, the eyes are then on the side which faces up. The side to which the eyes migrate is dependent on the species type. Flounder are typically about 5 to 15 inches long and usually are half as wide as they are long. They have been found as large as 24 inches long.
Flounder are a rather odd fish. They have an odd shape, they have an odd life cycle, and it is even odd the way in which you dress a flounder. The only thing not odd about them is the way they taste. They have mild white flesh that many people prefer to most any other fish.