Deep-Sea Sole

Deep-Sea Sole (Embassichthys bathybius)

A deep sea sole, surrounded by clam shells, documented during the NSF-OOI Cabled Array cruise to Southern Hydrate Ridge (~ 800 m water depth). Credit. UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V18.

The Deep-Sea Sole is a bathydemersal flatfish. It lives along the sea floor and has both its eyes on one side allowing for it to look above for predators as it searches along the bottom for food. They are usually brown with a white speckled pattern, but juvenile Deep-Sea Sole have a bluish tint. They can grow up to 47 cm in length. The Deep-Sea Sole is found in depths from 40 to 1800 m but is most often found at 500 to 950 m. This sole was found at Hydrate Ridge at about 780 m along the sediment.

Marine Life Field Guide (Neptune Canada)