Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, here comes this dubious video. This is the fish that literally walks on the ocean floor using its foot fins.
The rare creature, a bat with a short nose, was filmed in a channel full of mud called the French Key Cut, on the island of Roatan, Honduras.
Seen by Mickey Charteris, who has spent years chronicling marine life in the region, he said the sea beast might be just the strangest thing he has ever seen.
The fish walks slowly, methodically, while hunting its prey. It survives mainly with small crabs and fish.
However, it does not always work. When he is scared or needs to escape quickly, fish can swim. “It looks like a piece of brown sponge paired with a unicorn,” Charteris said.
Mr. Charteris, an expert on marine species and author of the book “Caribbean Reef Life,” said he looked like a dark feather from above, but his lips are red when seen from below. It is a sight most divers will never see, he added. “It’s rarely seen,” said the 50-year-old expert.
Fish is very rarely seen. It can only be found in very specific areas, when it sinks into mud channels with shallow sandstone. Such areas have low visibility and are less frequented by divers.
The short-nosed lilac fish or Ogcocephalus nasutus is native to the Caribbean and belongs to a category of fish that have adapted in this way.
The treasure of nature in Romania: the race to save the fish over 65 million years old
On a small stretch of the Valsan River in Romania lives one of the rarest fish in Europe and probably in the world. Rough, 65 million years old, was first discovered by a biology student in 1956 and has been on the verge of extinction for decades.
“After many years of trying to save it, people were telling us that the species was extinct,” Nicolae Crăciun, a 59-year-old biologist, told the BBC. “But we were sure it still existed.”
Rough, a small nocturnal fish that hides under rocks, has an uncertain future and faces countless threats. Official estimates put the population at about 10-15 specimens, which are believed to exist on a one km section of the Valsan, a shallow and rocky river. This compares with about 200 specimens in the early 2000s.