Week 19th – 25th August, 2013
How did you do with last week’s Mystery Creature? This unusual looking animal is called a red lipped bat fish (Ogcocephalus darwini) from the Galapagos Islands.
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This striking looking fish has a number of unusual features…
- this fish is not a very good swimmer and more often will “walk” along the sea floor using adapted fins
- it tends to hunt like the angler fish… luring it’s prey using an organ, called an illicium, that it extends from its head
- it has those amazing red lips… possibly to attract a mate although their exact purpose is unclear