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I have seen it twice in my life.
Saltwater fish. Southeast Atlantic coast of Florida.
'Swims' by lying on it's side at the top of the water. Moves along with the currents. Looking at it; you would think it is a piece of driftwood. Brown in color, black specks.
Triangle shape on both ends; pointed nose, pointed tail.
Definitely can see you. Reach out to touch it, it swims away, then goes back onto it's side and floats along again.
Would love to know what kind of fish it is!

Hi David
Without seeing this fish I cannot tell you much. My guess is that it is one of the Flatfishes (Order Pleurunectiformes- Flounders,soles and halibut) that has come temporarily to the surface

Let me know what you find out about this fish



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Walter Hintz


I can answer questions about both vertebrate and invertebrate zoology. I am an expert in animal behavior, especially birds.


I have taught for over 50 years. I teach college biology courses and I have led tours to the Galapagos Islands and the Belize rain forest

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