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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Quick drone video of a Tarpon lunge feeding on Mullet earlier this week. I had my drone just a few feet over the water. Notice how the predatory fish turns on its side and plows into the school slowly at first, only to speed up and cartwheel for the final attack. ©Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #NoFilter #dronenerds #FromWhereIDrone @DiscoverOcean #palmbeach #Florida #tarpon #mulletrun2016 #Mullet #aerialphotography #phantom3 #dji #p3p Marathon day with non-stop action. Near sunset dozens of #Tarpon were pummeling the mullet in northern Palm Beach County. The near shore activity attracted onlookers, fishermen and of course, photographers. ©Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #NikonNoFilter #mulletrun2016 #NikonPhotography #NikonD4 #palmbeach #Florida #autumn #beachlife #fisheye #Florida @discoverocean #megalops #silverking This morning: Mullet madness 😝 my hide (which so many friends make fun of 😆😆😆) is perfect to fly the drones bc it removes all the glare and sunlight. #Mullet #Florida #PalmBeach #mulletrun #drone #aerialphotography We have been seeing some truly massive #Tarpon during this year’s #MulletRun. All are around 150-200 lbs. and 6 ft. and dwarf the numerous Blacktip Sharks also preying on the baitfish. One of my preferred spots to photograph the action is on the deeper or offshore side of the school of mullet. The predators patrol this outer perimeter and the little fish form a fluid wall that changes shape as the big guys and girls cruise by. ©Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #NikonNoFilter #NikonPhotography #Mullet #livebait #PalmBeach #Florida #fisheye #greatmigrations #freediving The Hunt #2 #Blacktip and #baitball. ©Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #NikonNoFilter #NikonPhotography #mulletrun2016 #palmbeach #freediving #NikonD4 #fisheye #mullet #blacktip #shark The Hunt #1 #Tarpon and #baitball. ©Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #NikonNoFilter #NikonPhotography #mulletrun2016 #palmbeach #freediving #NikonD4 #fisheye #mullet

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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