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Murciélago Pescador

Noctilio leporinus


Bat relatively large, I estimate that it is about 25 cm in wingspan, its legs are long compared to other bats that I have seen, and I saw him hunting in the sea while I was on a sailboat about 350 meters from the beach. It was easy to observe them catching fish, even flying fish as seen in the fifth photo.


Bosque lluvioso, de America Tropial. orilla de rios

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Great series Jonathan,super cool,congrats on the welldeserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 9 months ago

Wow, I had no idea that some bats catch fish! Great spotting. Congrats!

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 9 months ago

Thanks a lot. so glad you enjoy this spotting.

armadeus.4 9 months ago

Congratulations Jonathan!!! Thank you for sharing :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 months ago

Great action spotting.

DanielePralong 9 months ago

Congratulations Jonathan, your fishing bat is our Spotting of the Day:

"Only a few bat species feed on fish, and one of them is the Greater Bulldog Bat (Noctilio leporinus), our Spotting of the Day. Known in Spanish as "murciélago pescador" (fishing bat), it is a large bat with curved claws adapted to catching fish. Like other bats it uses echolocation for hunting, adapted in this case to detect water ripples made by swimming fish".



Bahía Drake, Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Lat: 8.73, Long: -83.69

Spotted on Feb 16, 2018
Submitted on Feb 20, 2018

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