Ogcocephalus sp., RARE Batfish

by | May 10, 2017 | Fish, Reef, Science | 0 comments

spotted batfishGood morning friends, this is what you call an OMG fish!! This is another “possible” New Species of Batfish Ogcocephalus sp. found 2.5 miles off the coast of St. Eustatia with the use of a mini-submersible on loan from Substation Curacao and found by scientists from the Smithsonian Institution.

This insanely beautiful little batfish is another first for me, none of us onboard including the Smithsonian had ever seen it. The body is covered in beautiful little spots and he or she was able to lighten or darken those spots according to the environment it was hiding in, such a wonderful little creature. As you may already know, batfish don’t really swim around like normal fish, they spend their days laying in the sand or rubble or find a sponge and they walk using their cool front legs, this one here was a bit more adapted to swimming than others I have seen because of his feathered or fined feet as you can see above. MORE


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