Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Advocate, August 2008

The June Creature was the Summer Flounder.  The summer flounder, or fluke, are flatfish that have both eyes on one side of its head and rests on the ocean floor on its side.  Fluke are often called the chameleons of the sea because they can change their color to match the bottom on which they are found.  They are generally white below and darker above, but they can turn different shades of gray, blue, green, and orange.  Congratulations to Dennis Von Linden of Union, NJ, for being selected from a pool of correct entries.


August Creature: This species is usually found in shallow water along beaches and bays.  To protect its un-armored body, it makes its home inside empty snail shells.  As this species grows, it searches for larger shells to inhabit.  Some of the larger specimens live in moon snail and whelk shells, while the smaller specimens live in periwinkle shells.  For a chance to win a COA T-shirt, send your guess to COA by mail or fax (18 Hartshorne Dr., Suite 2, Highlands, NJ 07732; 732-872-8041), or using the following online form.



The Coastal Creature Feature winner will be announced in the October newsletter.


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