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The Red-Lipped Batfish Does NOT Want to Kiss You

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In our ongoing search for horrifying real-world monsters, we've come across quite a few deep-sea monstrosities like the Goblin Shark and the Sarcastic Fringehead. Today's entry, which comes to us courtesy of About Fish Online, is just as bizarre... but there's a touch of goofy cuteness to this oceanic nightmare known as the red-lipped batfish.
 
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Native to the deep waters of the Galapogos Islands, this species belongs to the family Ogcocephalidae, known as batfish for their slight resemblance to bats (well, maybe if you look at them at just the right angle). They catch their prey in a similar manner to anglerfish, by extending an organ called an “illicium” that acts as a lure. It can also “walk” across the ocean floor thanks to modified fins, which makes it even more unsettling. As for that ruby-red kisser... well, scientists think it's to attract a mate, but we're thinking it might have caught a showing of Gremlins 2 at some point:
 
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You didn't think we'd let you off without a creepy video of this guy in action, did you? Here's a clip from PBS showing the batfish and the anglerfish doing their thing:
 
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