Monday Archives: GIANT Deep-Sea Ogcocephalus sp.

Good morning folks, the weirdness continues with this off the charts giant Batfish, Ogcocephalus sp. found once again two and a half miles off shore on the tiny island of St. Eustatius. One of the many things that makes this guy unique to depth is his color. In the shallow Caribbean waters all the batfish I have ever seen and photographed are either black or brown and covered in moss making them almost impossible to find, this guy or gal on the other hand stands out like a sure thumb! For a size reference there is a rusted bottle-cap under him, it stands out pretty easily as it’s the only thing not white

Ogcocephalidae, the Batfish

Good morning friends, I have a wild looking deep-sea creature for you al today called a Batfish, for sure one of the oddest animals on the planet! This was again found deep off the coast of Bonaire by the scientists from the Smithsonian Institution in collaboration with Substation Curacao who have the mini-submersible that dives to 1000 feet.  Batfish consist of about 60 species of fishes of the family Ogcocephalidae (order Lophiiformes), found in warm and temperate seas. Batfishes have broad, flat heads and slim bodies and are covered with hard lumps and spines. Some species have an elongated, upturned snout.

The Indian Handfish is an Endearing Oddball

Like a pug or a bulldog, the Indian Handfish is just weird enough to be considered cute. This crawling pancake of a fish is quite a rarity in the aquarium trade and tends to be more often observed from deep sea submersibles than anywhere near a coral...