What is this species?
Andy Elvidge

Bristol, UK

#1 Sep 25, 2006
Firstly I am by now means a marine biologist. I found some creatures on a Northern Ireland coastline on holiday, the likes of which I hadnt seen before and am curious as to what these strange creatures are. They consist of a central spherical body, with 'arms'(of varying number) protruding from this central body. The 'arms' are silvery in colour and apear to 'open' as filter feeding devises or something.
Anyway, would love to know what they are - have had no success, even when asking a friend who is an oceanographer. I have photos of them and can email them if someone can post an address.
Cheers, Andy
jakob duncan

Harlingen, TX

#2 Jan 13, 2007
dear Andy,

I've been trying to contact a marine biologist for a while to answer my question of a weird fish i saw on youtube.please type the words you see down below and see if you can figure out what kind of fish it is.contact me at [email protected]

Seattle, WA

#3 Feb 15, 2007
The fish that you reffered to on YouTube is a batfish - a member of the Family Ogcocephalidae. I'm not sure what kind. . . my guess is that it is a Carribiean batfish - I've seen some very similar to it in the Cayes. I think in most other seas, they occur only in deep-water.
Sarah Springer


#4 Mar 6, 2007
I'm no marine biologist, just a fourteen-year-old girl who has a thing for this field of science, but doesn't the thing first described sound like an anenome? That's just me. I have no idea, though. Because, like I said, I'm only fourteen and live in the desert, and everything I know I know from books.

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