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Brill

size:

maximum 75 centimeters

weight:

maximum 8 kilograms

age:

record: 6 years

food:

shrimp and fish

movement:

swims

enemies:

people, seals

reproduction:

sexual

  • Dut: Griet (kaan, snoever, snuiver)
  • Lat: Scophthalmus rhombus
  • Eng: Brill
  • Ger: Glattbutt (Kleist)
  • Fren: Barbue
  • Dan: Slethvarre
Brill, Ecomare

Brill

Brill are flatfish that can camouflage themselves very well by taking on the color or pattern of the surroundings. Because they are practically invisible, they can easily catch passing shrimp and fish from their hiding place. Unlike most other flatfish, brill have both eyes located on the left side of the body. While young brill eat shrimp, older animals switch over to fish: first gobies, later on lesser sandeel, herring and young cod.

  • Distribution of brill
    Distribution of brill., Ecomare

    Brill live in the northeastern and eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea. You can also find them in the southern North Sea, but not in large numbers. The Dutch coast and tidal waters are excellent nursery grounds for young brill.