About the Batfish

The Batfish (pictured) is an elegant tropical fish found in the most pristine coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific region. Michael Patrick O'Neill photographed this specimen in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea.

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The results are in! A photo I made earlier this year in a South #Miami lake - of a female #PeacockBass or #Tucunare (in my home country, #Brazil) came in second place in the Animal Portraits category in the prestigious #NationalGeographic Nature Photographer Competition 2016. This image, titled “Proud Momma”, shows a female guarding her newborn fry. These fish belong to the #Cichlid family and exercise excellent parental control. Although she’s only about 15 inches in length, she has the heart of a lioness and will chase any aquatic predator that threatens her babies. Peacocks were intentionally introduced in Florida in the mid 1980s to help control Tilapia, another invasive species. Make sure to check out all the amazing winners, selected from thousands of entries, through this link: http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2016/gallery/winners-all/1 ©Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #NikonNoFilter #NikonPhotography #NikonD4 #fisheye #natgeocreative #natgeo #wildlife #underwater #uwphotography @aquaticadigital @fishingbrazil #gamefish #sportfish #bass Where it all comes together: presenting to the wonderful kids of Mullen Elementary in VA. Huge thanks for the very special opportunity! #uwphotography Shared my passion for Leatherback Sea Turtles (and all kinds of sea creatures) with the wonderful students of Maury Elementary in Virginia today. One more school before heading back to FL. Many thx for the very special opportunity! ©Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #NikonNoFilter #fisheye #Leatherback #Caribbean #seaturtle #wildlife #NikonD4 @endextinctionintl @iucn_marine @discoverychannel @discoverocean #uwphotography #trinidad #conservation #ecotourism #sustainability #redlist #natgeo 2016 for me was a wonderful year for photography, with many unexpected surprises, lessons and encounters. The #blackwater dives far offshore #PalmBeach #Florida late summer / early fall were definitely a highlight, given the exotic nature of the subjects, like this larval Flounder (about the size of a silver dollar), the difficulty photographing them, and last, but certainly not least, the excellent company and camaraderie on the dive boats late at night, miles offshore, when most sane people are asleep. Some evenings were quiet, but the majority felt like a journey into another planet, an unknown universe. Who needs to go to Mars when we have the abyssal ocean to explore? This is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it. ©Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #NikonPhotography #NikonNoFilter #NikonD4 #scubadiving #uwphotography #underwater #nightdive #natgeo #gratitude @discoverychannel @discoverocean @ocean_magazine @oceana @oceanlifemag @scubadivingmag #ocean #saltlife Bring a little #WILD into your home and / or office this holiday season! Custom marine life prints make unique and compelling gifts to anyone who has a little sea salt running in their veins. As you can see from my Instagram, I have a very wide selection of marine life and nature subjects, so there is a little bit for everyone. Feel free to peruse the “Prints” gallery on my website (www.mpostock.com) and send me a message or email to discuss size, format, price, etc. BTW I have a lot of photos that are not online (about 80K ++), so I can research material for you and give you a number of options. This photo of a #Jupiter #Florida #TigerShark, featured on the cover of the prestigious 2015 #BBCWildlife Magazine calendar, is one of my most popular. Check them out and #Folowme @mpophotography for regular #wildlifephotography posts from Florida and beyond. ©Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #NikonPhotography #uwphotography #holidaygift #Christmas2016 #underwaterphotography #sharkdiving #fisheye #Sigma #scuba #scubadiving #shark Tiny sliver of a fish: Post Larval African Pompano, adrift in the blackwater offshore #PalmBeach #Florida. ©Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #NikonNoFilter #UWPhotography #underwater #scuba #blackwater #NikonPhotography #DiscoverOcean #NikonD4 #fisheye

2002 Teira Batfish (Platax teira) and sea fan

 

Welcome! Established in 2002, Batfish Books publishes premium quality, non-fiction educational books designed to encourage school children of all ages to read, write and become involved in science and conservation.

Our titles contain fun, educational text and breathtaking, award-winning photographs of charismatic marine animals that capture the interest of children and make learning fun.

They excel in an extremely competitive market and are loved by parents, teachers, library media specialists, reading coaches, and most importantly, kids.

Batfish Books’ seven titles (Fishy Friends, Let’s Explore Coral Reefs, Let’s Explore Sea Turtles, Let’s Explore Sharks, Ocean Magic, Shark Encounters and Wild Waters Photo Journal) are distributed nationally in the educational system and are in thousands of schools and classrooms, libraries and media centers.

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