Thank you once again to @marine-enclosures for a very cool submission!
Yes this odd animal is real! It is the Red Lipped Batfish!
This was a tricky one, I’ve never seen this before and at first I thought it was a type of frogfish (it has a very similar face and similar fin adaptations, but a different body structure).
Red Lipped Batfish
is native to the Galapagos Islands and can be found along the ocean floor ranging from a depth of 3 to 76 meters. Their diet consists of small fish, crabs, shrimp, and mollusks.
Most notably these fish have a series of adaptations that make them almost unrecognizable as fish!
Its pectoral, anal, and pelvic fins are modified in such a way
that the Red Lipped Batfish can actually sit on the sea floor.
The modified pectoral and pelvic fins can also be used for “walking” along the ocean floor. They can swim,but only for short distances.
An elongated, horn-like snout attracts prey (similar to Angler fishes).
And of course their bright red lips that biologists believe may be used for attracting mates, but their actual function is still unclear.
Altogether a very odd but very interesting animal. This video has a short clip so you can see how the Red Lipped Batfish moves.
My little baby eagle ray friends at @discoveraqwa one morning. They are very soothing to watch. If you look closely you can see some beautiful batfish chilling at the bottom of the deeper part of the tank!
#aquarium #adventurebay #aqwa #perth #thisiswa #eagleray #stingray #underthesea #ocean #cute #westernaustralia (at AQWA The Aquarium of Western Australia)
Where does your url come from, or how did you choose it? :D love your blog ♡
thank you so much :-)
duskybatfishgirl is my scuba diving nickname which i’ve had since i started diving in 1996. the dusky batfish is sub-tropical and just hangs silently near the surface. they’re beautiful but kinda clumsy looking.
The longnose batfish is a species of batfish found at depths between 29 and 230 m in the Atlantic Ocean, ranging from North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas.
It has a flat triagular body like others in the family and the coloring
varies from yellowish to purple with pale, round spots and lips of