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Olive flounder
ヒラメ Hirami
#43 #47 #52 #57
Location Price
Ocean, Island 800 Bells
Size Shadow size
40 in. 100 cm Large,
Medium (NL)
Time of year Time of day
All year All day
Scientific name Paralichthys olivaceus
Family Paralicthydae - Large-tooth flounders
Appearances AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Cardeau
Flag of Germany small Flunder
Flag of Spain Rodaballo
Flag of Italy small Sogliola
Flag of South Korea 광어 Dwangeo
"I caught a dab... Huh? Just kidding! It's an olive flounder! Make up your mind, fishy!" —New Leaf

The olive flounder (ヒラメ, Hirami?) is an uncommon fish that can be found in the ocean. It appears all day at any time during the year. This fish is a lighter brown than the similar-looking dab and faces the opposite direction. Flatfish as a whole are very similar, referenced by the player's comment in Wild World and New Leaf when the fish is originally mistaken for a dab.

Donating to the museum

As with all bugs and fish in Animal Crossing series, the olive flounder can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. During a donation, Blathers will tell the player a bit about the donation. Below is what he has to say;

In Wild World

Blathers has this to say about the olive flounder in Animal Crossing: Wild World;

"For some time, I was convinced that olive flounder tasted of olives. It turned out that it was a rather elaborate joke played upon me... I should have known there are no such things as flounder olives, either!"

In City Folk

Upon donating the olive flounder in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Blathers will say:

"Olive flounders are masters of self-transformation... who, I'm told, can grow to almost 40 inches long. That's like some sort of underwater bath mat! It's a good thing you caught this one while it's still young!"

It can be found in the tank at the back of the aquarium, hiding underneath sand, with other ocean fish.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

"Olive flounders are rather flexible whitefish that have both eyes on the left side of their body. They can reach three feet in length and are commonly mistaken for dabs, a close relative. When young, they have an eye on each side, but as they age, their right eye migrates to their left side. These carnivorous fish can change color to camouflage themselves on the seabed as they wait for prey."

Capture quotes

"ひらめを つり・・・ だよな? カレイなの?" —Animal Forest e+
"I caught a dab! Oh wait... Are you an olive flounder? Oh, yeah, you are, aren't you?" —Wild World
"I caught an olive flounder! Hey, flatty bo batty!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Olive flounder (Wild World) "Their eyes are in the middle when they are born, then move to either side as they mature."
Size 2.6 feet
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring to fall
Icon Olive flounder (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Olive Flounder (City Folk)
"These look like dabs, but the eyes migrate after birth to the left side."
Size About 32 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season All Year

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a dab... Huh? Just kidding! It's an olive flounder! Make up your mind, fishy!"
Size About 32 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season All Year


Further information

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A real life olive flounder

The Olive Flounder (also called the Bastard Halibut) is an Asian flatfish that occupies a large area of Asian flatfish taken for commercial reasons. Hirame (平目 / ヒラメ) as it is called in Japan or (광어 Korea Flatfish) as it is known is Korea is widely raised in aquaculture in China, Korea and Japan as a food fish. It is a very large type of flatfish that can be well over a meter in length which is far larger than most other species that typically never reach more than 30 cm.

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