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What is the largest flatfish?

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Asked by: Charlene Grant

Atlantic halibutAtlantic halibut is the world’s largest flatfish. The IGFA record was apparently broken off the waters of Norway in July 2013 by a 234-kilogram (515-pound), 2.62-metre (8-foot-7-inch) fish.

What is the largest species of flat fish?


Halibut are the largest flatfish in the ocean, growing up to 9 feet in length and weighing up to 600 pounds! There are two different species, Pacific and Atlantic.

What is a large flat fish called?

Halibut are the largest of the flatfishes, and provide lucrative fisheries. The turbot is a large, left-eyed flatfish found in sandy shallow coastal waters around Europe.

What are the 3 species of flatfish?

The most popular ones are Summer Flounder (Fluke), Winter Flounder (American Lemon Sole), and Southern Flounder. We’ve covered these three in more detail here. On the West Coast, you also have Starry Flounder and California Flounder. More on that below.

Which is the Atlantic’s largest species of flatfish?

Atlantic halibut is the largest species of flatfish in the world.

What is the largest fish in the ocean?

whale sharks

The biggest fish in the ocean is the Rhincodon typus or whale shark. Despite their tremendous size and intimidating appearance, whale sharks are commonly docile and approachable. Please keep your distance, giving them the respect and space they deserve.

Can you eat flatfish?

Flatfish are also classed as white fish because the main concentration of oils in flatfish species is found in the liver. They have lean, textured flesh, and each species has a unique flavour. Flatfish are highly popular and include many species that are found globally.

How many species of flatfish are there?

Flatfish are exactly what they sound like: fish with thin, oval or diamond-shaped bodies that are lie flat on the seafloor. There are 822 known species in 16 families, and they reside in oceans, estuaries, and freshwater environments in nearly every part of the globe.

What is the largest halibut ever caught?


The biggest halibut ever caught is said to be a 515-pounder caught in the Atlantic Ocean near Norway in 2013. The record for Pacific halibut is 459 pounds, which was set in Alaska in 1996, according to the International Game Fishing Association.

Why do halibut have eyes on one side?

Amazingly, when they hatch from their eggs, Pacific halibut resemble normal fishes, with an eye on each side of the head. As they mature, the bones on the left side of the skull grow significantly faster than on the right side, so the left eye and nostril slowly migrate to the right side.

How old is a 100 lb halibut?

Female halibut grow faster and are typically larger than males of the same age. Males greater than 100 pounds are uncommon. Halibut can reach 55 years of age, but most halibut taken in the sport fishery are 5-15 years old.

What does a codfish look like?

Cod are greenish-brown to gray on their sides and back, with a lighter underside. They have a light line that runs along their side, called the lateral line. They have an obvious barbel, or whisker-like projection, from their chin, giving them a catfish-like appearance.

Is flounder and halibut the same?

As you would expect, these two fish taste almost similar to one another, given that they are close relatives. There is, however, one main difference: Halibut has more meat and a firm texture, while flounder is a little flaky and more delicate. Furthermore, halibut tends to be less fatty than most fish.

What is the best tasting fish?

What is the Tastiest Fish to Eat?

  • Cod.
  • Sea Bass.
  • Halibut.
  • Red Snapper.
  • Salmon.
  • Catfish.
  • Swordfish.

What is halibut called in Australia?

Psettodes erumei

Australian Halibut, Psettodes erumei (Bloch & Schneider 1801)