The far-distance fish are a group of eleven background characters who often appear in wide shots of Bikini Bottom. They have simplistic designs without much detail, allowing for them to be drawn at small sizes. They first appear in "Ripped Pants."
The fish have simple designs with thin limbs similar to the legs of stick figures. They usually do not have pupils or eyebrows. There are eleven designs for the far-distance fish:
Fish A: light orange with blue shorts
Fish B: light teal with lavender shorts
Fish C: beige with a yellow dorsal fin
Fish D: light blue with an orange dorsal fin
Fish E: lavender with a dark purple skirt
Fish F: yellow with red shorts
Fish G: gray with a white dorsal fin
Fish H: light orange with blue shorts
Fish I: blue with green shorts
Fish J: light green with orange pants
Fish K: dark orange with purple shorts
Depending on the episode or scene, duplicates of the same far-distance fish can appear.
Many of the far-distance fish are seen driving bubble boats in "Burst Your Bubble." When a crowd of bubble boats brings Mrs. Puff to the water's surface, duplicates of all eleven far-distance fish can be seen.