The Abyss: Walking Batfish

Written by Jonathan Wojcik

   Resembling a cross between a toad and a roast chicken, Ogcocephalus are a very different group of anglers than the luminous Ceratioids. Their upper backs often twist forward, overhanging their faces to form a large "snout," with the tiny illicium dangling in a nostril-like pit. These lures produce no light, but secrete a chemical into the water that may lure prey by scent. Poor swimmers, Their fins are modified to walk along the sea floor. These creatures can actually be found even in shallower waters, where they often take on a more colorful appearance. When disturbed, some species can inflate like a blowfish.