Also known as Batfish, Flying Fish, Grunt Fish, Helmet Gurnard, Sea Robin.
Found resting or "flying" over mud, rock and sandy bottoms foraging for food with their Pectoral fins, over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on clams, crustaceans and small fish.
Can vary in depth of colour when threatened.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 1-100m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Western Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean
The Flying Gurnard has huge, round Pectoral fins. The fins are usually held against the body, but when threatened they can expand their wings (fins) to scare off a predator.
The pelvic fins act like legs as the fish walks along the bottom of the ocean. They also grunt. French term for the word Gurnard means to grunt. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Dactylopterus-volitans