[Three Hundred Animals Contents]
DIFFERS from the plaice by its being a little longer in the body, and, when full grown, somewhat thicker. The back is of a dark olive colour, spotted; some of them, with round reddish spots on the back and fins. In taste they are reckoned by some more delicate than the plaice. They live long after their being taken out of their element, and are often cried in the streets of London in the morning; but they seldom appear on the table of the rich and opulent. They are common in the British seas, and in all large rivers which obey the impression of the tide, and feed upon decayed carcasses at the bottom of the water.