Ladies and gentlemen! The Flounder!
If you look closely, the flounder fish has a rather remarkable head. There’s something amiss with the placement of its right eye and the way its mouth opens. Its as if it was a normal fish like, say the discus fish, that lived a normal life and one day some crazy demented person came along and said, “So you are a normal fish, eh? Let’s see. I’ll drop you on the sea floor and make you move about on your sides flat on the floor. That eye you are now dragging in the mud, let me twist your head around to bring it to the same side as the eye facing the sky. Of course, it means that your mouth opens like a clipper on the floor but that’s the way I like it. Oh, and the fin from the other side…I am not sure about it. For now, I’ll tuck that under your armpits – a permanent tickler for your enjoyment.”
If a flounder is what an intelligent designer can come up with, we should give up on the designer and crawl back into earth. But, what if the force that twisted the face of the flounder was Evolution, which is blind and simply works with the genetic material available to select the fish for survival? Well, in that case, we can atleast tell the flounder that it was nothing personal.
When push comes to shove, survival is surely more important than looks. I saw this flounder wobbling about in an aquarium in Kew Gardens last weekend. Kew Gardens is a botanical garden with an immense variety of plants. Incredible place to spend a day. I have uploaded a few more pictures up on flickr that I took while in Kew Gardens.