One of the many odd-looking creatures we see while diving and snorkeling at Adventure Island on Long Caye is the batfish, which actually looks nothing like a bat at all (baseball OR vampire). The species we have on Glover’s Reef is the Short-Nosed Batfish, but there are about 60 species of fishes of the family Ogcocephalidae (order Lophiiformes), found in warm and temperate seas; of which our Short-Nosed Batfish is a member.
Batfish can reach a size of around 15 inches, they grow extremely fast. broad, flat heads; slim bodies covered with hard lumps and spines; some species have an elongated, upturned snout; about 14 in. long. They are poor swimmers and usually walk on the sea bottom on limblike pectoral and pelvic fins; most live in deep sea but some inhabit shallow water; members of a group known as anglerfish, are equipped with a “fishing pole” tipped with a fleshy “bait” to lure prey close enough to be eaten; unlike other anglers, can draw apparatus into a tube when not in use.
We love Batfish and see them quite often. It’s always a thrill to see one. The name “Batfish” holds special significance for us at Adventure Island because that is the name of our shuttle boat. Read more about our Belize shuttle boat here.
When you own an island 35 miles offshore in the middle of the Caribbean and you take guests out and back each week, it is a good thing to own your own boat. Many island resorts in Belize do not own a boat but rather use charters or rentals. By owning our own boat, we make certain it is maintained properly and therefore we minimize potential problems with transport to the island.
Another thing that sets us apart from other resorts in the region: our boat leaves directly from Belize City. All other boats that service Glover’s Reef where our island is located depart from the Dangriga area, which requires their clients to book an additional flight from Belize City to Dangriga, or submit to a long, unwanted drive from Belize City to the boat dock.
Batfish, Slickrock’s 41′ power boat, runs the 130-mile round trip to and from our island each Saturday and Wednesday. Powered by three 200 hp engines, and fully covered for our guests’ protection when crossing the open sea section of the run, Batfish makes the shuttle comfortable in all weather conditions. You arrive in Belize City and are on the island less than 24 hours later!
One cannot over-emphasize the importance of this aspect of our operation. Our captains are among the best in Belize. Bathrooms are available on board.
Check out this short 1 min video of the trip back from the island: