Friday flew by, and I didn’t find an opportunity to share a funny fish face. So here it is, a day late.
And what a very strange fish this is. This species of batfish is specific to the Galapagos Islands. I found this one in fairly deep water (about 90 feet), in Chimney Bay at Wolf Island. Like the Flying Gunard that I shared last week, this Red-Lipped Batfish is more a “walking” fish than a swimming fish. It is a very inept swimmer, and instead bumbles along the bottom, using those two modified pectoral fins to do the “walking” for it.
After I found and photographed the fish above (whose bright red lips really don’t “pop” until lit by strobe or flashlight), I found another batfish and photographed it. This one apparently went out without putting on its makeup ;^) Seriously, I have no idea if this is a juvenile or a variation on the species.
These fish were about 12 inches long.