- Distinguishing characteristics: Flat, colored like the bottom, left handed fish, rounded, large spots.
In the Wild
- Habitat: The summer flounder lives in saltwater bays, inlets, deep water with rocky bottoms.
- Diet: The summer flounder eats small shrimp and fish.
- Predators: The summer flounder’s predators are bigger fish, crabs and seabirds at various stages in its life history.
- Size: Summer flounder grow up to 26 pounds and up to 20 inches.
- Breeding: Summer flounder breed in deep ocean water during the winter.
- Life Span: Summer flounder can live up to at the most 20 years.
In the Aquatics Lab
- Diet: In the aquatics lab, we feed them squid.
- Size: The summer flounder in the aquatics lab are around 10-14 inches.
- Quantity: We have 3 summer flounder in the aquatics lab.
- Virginia Regulations: The regulations for summer flounder are minimum size=16 inches, possession limit=4 per person.
- Commercial Uses: The summer flounder is used as a major food fish.