31 Oct '17, 5pm

This Halloween, meet a fishing bat that hunts at sea #BatWeek @Oceana

This Halloween, meet a fishing bat that hunts at sea #BatWeek @Oceana

The sun-bleached islands that dot Mexico’s Sea of Cortez look more like a desert than an ocean paradise. Scrubby plants and tall, prickly saguaros rise from fields of loose rock. And in the crevices between those rocks, a remarkable bat roosts. Mexican fishing bats spend the heat of the day asleep beneath the stones. But after sunset, they’re on the wing, rushing out to sea for fish. These small bats can fly more than 100 kilometers in a single night. “You could consider it a marine animal to a degree,” said bat ecologist Rachel Blakey of the University of Missouri. “It spends a lot of time out over the open ocean, eating salty stuff.” Fishing bats, and many other bat species, depend on healthy oceans to survive. They need clean and abundant places to hunt and roost. For bats, polluted seas and coasts would be downright spooky. Water wings “When we think of the ocean, our ...

Full article: http://oceana.org/blog/halloween-meet-fishing-bat-hunts-sea

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