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A Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast

#200Fish is a community project to create works of art based on each of the species of fish found in the North Sea

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Fish #206 Turbot Scophthalmus maximus ~ Helen Grove-White

Digital drawing

Turbot

The Emperor's Fish: Juvenal

Cum iam semianimum laceraret Flauius orbem ultimus incidit Hadriaci spatium admirabile rhombi impleuitque sinus; ...

Back when the last Flavian was ripping up a half-dead world the marvellous expanse of an Adriatic turbot appeared, and filled the nets; ...

A wondrous fish found in the North Sea, Adriatic, Mediterranean and Black sea and going under a number of different names. As bottom feeders, turbot are camouflaged so as to be almost invisible on the sea bed and they live off sand-eels, gobies, crustaceans and bivalves as well as small fish. They have no scales but bony plates with small spines. They reach full size after 10-16 years, up to 1m length and 25kg weight. They may live to 25 years.
Turbot are excellent fish to cook and eat but their relatively low ratio of available food to body weight has made them less economic than other farmed fish. The price of filleted turbot can seem prohibitively expensive owing to the large proportion of bone discarded.
Turbot belong to the family of Bothiedae, which includes both Brill and Atlantic and Black Turbot. It also belongs to the family Paralichthyidae which, having both eyes on the left side, lies on its right side on the sea bed. This contrasts with Plaice, Soles and Flounders who lie on their left side and have eyes on the right. Since our standard picture book view of them is from the top we may observe that Turbot appear to swim to our left and Plaice swim to our right.
Paralichthyidae are initially symmetrical at hatching, after a couple of weeks, the right eye moves to the left side to take up its new position. This gives rise to current debates challenging Darwinian theories of evolution.


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