Diving Fun Fact

The Leopard Flounder, Zamboanguita, Philippines

The Leopard flounder (Bothus pantherinus), is a lefteyed flounder. Its right eye migrates to its left side during a metamorphosis that takes place between its larval and juvenile stages. During this metamorphosis these fish also become flat. As a benthic species, flounders are bottom dwellers. Leopard flounders spots help them to dodge predators by blending in with the ocean floor. Should it become necessary for these fish to swim close to the surface, they become nearly transparent and more difficult for predators to see. We encounter this Leopard flounder during a dive in Zamboanguita, Philippines. Read more in our post, Pristine Reefs and Macro Critters: Scuba Diving Apo Island, Dauin, and Zamboanguita, Philippines.

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