Yesterday I went to the Great Barrier Reef for the first time and one of the fish that I saw was the orbicular batfish.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These beautiful fish grow up to 50 cm long.
- Orbicular batfish have an important role to play in their environment as they eat a lot of seaweed, stopping the weeds from taking over the reefs where they live. They also eat small fish and crustaceans.
- They also eat turtle poo and can often be seen following sea turtles, waiting for them to go to the toilet.
- The young batfish are very well camouflaged and hide in mangroves and lagoons, whilst the adults have very few predators, so they swim in more open waters.
- Orbicular batfish are found in reefs, channels and deep lagoons in the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about orbicular batfish?