Dave Graff of Rookery Bay
The Real Batfish is the Polka-dot Batfish (Ogcocephalus radiates) a sluggish, triangular-shaped fish that relies on camouflage and slow, stealthy movements to sneak up on food. Batfish, which can grow up to 15 inches, have pectoral fins underneath that help it to "walk" across the bottom. The batfish uses its esca (lure) to attract small prey towards its mouth. The esca juts out just below the rostrum (the point on the fish's head) and wiggles or twitches to catch the attention of a small fish, crab or shrimp. Once within range, the batfish's lips shoot forward and down to slurp up the unsuspecting meal. Several batfish species can be found in sub-tropical waters around the world, and this species is commonly caught while trawling in Rookery Bay.