|Image: Rein Ketelaars|
Batfish don't swim much, which is good because they're rubbish at it. Instead they walk around on modified pectoral and pelvic fins. They also stand on them as if they couldn't bear to get the dirty sea floor all over their underside. I'm sure they'd appreciate some wellington boots, too.
|Image: Shorefishes of the tropical eastern Pacific|
On their underside are the two pelvic fins which look like preposterously slender legs. They end up looking like one of those cartoon gorillas with huge, beefcake arms and titchy legs.
The Johnny Bravo look is one problem. Another is their long, witch's nose. It bears a cavity where the nostrils would be, and within is what looks like three beads of snot slowly bouncing up and down.
Believe it or not, this is their lure.
As lures go it's hardly the most visually appealing. Apparently it emits some kind of chemical stuff into the water which might attract tiny fish and invertebrates. Basically, it smells delicious!
Unfortunately, any tasty morsel that gets too close will quickly disappear behind those heavily rouged lips. No-one's sure why those lips need to be quite so incredibly red, but it looks like they'd leave a good smear all over your cheeks.