- "I caught a dab... Huh? Just kidding! It's an olive flounder! Make up your mind, fishy!"
The Olive Flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus, is an uncommon oceanic fish that appears all day, year-round. This fish is a lighter brown than the dab and faces the opposite direction. It can be sold for 800 Bells.
An information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.
"Olive flounders are rather flexible whitefish that have both eyes on the left side of their body. They can reach three feet in length and are commonly mistaken for dabs, a close relative. When young, they have an eye on each side, but as they age, their right eye migrates to their left side. These carnivorous fish can change color to camouflage themselves on the seabed as they wait for prey."
In real life
The Olive Flounder is a left-eyed flatfish native to the western pacific from the Sea of Okhotsk off south eastern Russia, along Japanese shores to the South China Sea. It grows up to about 1 meter long and can weigh up to 10 kilograms. The adults live in waters 100 meters or more deep, and migrate into shallow waters in the spring to spawn. Young flounders eat small invertebrates such as mysids and brine shrimp, mature to about 10 centimeters long and then move to deeper waters where they begin eating small fish.
In the early 1990s, overfishing of this species caused natural populations to precipitously decline; at this point olive flounder became widely cultured in Korea, Japan and China. Olive flounder is now one of the most important marine species cultured in Korea, this country produces 70% of the olive flounder on the world market, mainly in on-land facilities.