True Facts: BatFishes



Alex Brett
Alex inspired this episode with his amazing Batfish footage. He just launched his channel in earnest - go and sub!

Barrett Christie
Barrett shared his knowledge with me, and is an expert on fish husbandry. His spawning footage is very rare and shows that batfish spawn in a similar way to some other anglerfish.

Javi has some really amazing videos on his Vimeo account. There is a pretty amazing aquatic collection over on Vimeo!

Ariane Dimitris
It took me a while to track Ariane down but her longnosed Batfish clip in so good!

LiquidGuru is a pro. Just gets such beautiful views into Aquatic life! His juvenile Orbicular Batfish is so well done.

Raymond Powers
Raymond came through with the feeding footage at the last second. It is very rare to see them eat, especially in captivity!

Thanks also to the NOAA, Barry Peters, Nico Michiels,
and Gilles San Martin for the use of their images.

Additional footage under license from Shutterstock.


  1. YouNeedHealing

    YouNeedHealing7 soat oldin

    sea robins look straight out of GYO

  2. Daniel Campbell

    Daniel CampbellKun oldin

    I'm a comedy writer and I love these. At least once a video I exclaim how furious your channel makes me. I have to point at my screen and shout how "I'll never write anything that good. I might as well pack it in." :-) 4:30 This was "that point" in this video for me.

  3. Part Stupid

    Part Stupid3 kun oldin

    This looks like it should change names with the Frog Fish... because that looks like a frog fish.

  4. davide song

    davide song3 kun oldin

    "matthew is a bad fish" ~yt captions be ashemed of yourself,matthew

  5. Adrekiyo

    Adrekiyo3 kun oldin

    why call it a batfish when it deadass looks like a platypus

  6. Dave Williams

    Dave Williams5 kun oldin

    3:55 Penis Jousting!?!?!?! WTF! I wanna see this!

  7. Tivian

    Tivian5 kun oldin

    They are some ugly fish!!

  8. F31 ///M Sport

    F31 ///M Sport5 kun oldin

    Nananananana bat fish!

  9. Sasha Arroyo

    Sasha Arroyo6 kun oldin

    0:25 - looks like the Grinch

  10. Riaan Shaigh

    Riaan Shaigh7 kun oldin

    Lolololololololololololol you are crayzeee bebe

  11. jason buan

    jason buan7 kun oldin


  12. Kaspar Hapka

    Kaspar Hapka7 kun oldin

    please make a video about sea robins, i got kind of nostalgia for Ted Bear from Cyanid & Hapiness

  13. Alien Lizard Queen

    Alien Lizard Queen7 kun oldin

    This fish is still better-looking than most people.

  14. Shiver [震える Furueru]

    Shiver [震える Furueru]7 kun oldin

    Everytime he says perv I’m ded🤣🤣🤣

  15. owl-girl xo019 of night

    owl-girl xo019 of night7 kun oldin

    Zefrank1: Matthew is a batfish Matthew: I'm batfish :)

  16. Margot Gulliford

    Margot Gulliford7 kun oldin

    Who hasn’t felt after Thanksgiving that maybe their mouth was too big for their rectum!

  17. Margot Gulliford

    Margot Gulliford7 kun oldin

    My grade one class loved the red lipped bat fish. Google it!😉😷🇨🇦

  18. ashley fisher

    ashley fisher8 kun oldin

    "Not on the surface like a duck do" caught me by surprise

  19. Patrick Earl Jhon Magat

    Patrick Earl Jhon Magat8 kun oldin

    5 minutes of bullying Matthew the Batfish

  20. Glen Robinson

    Glen Robinson9 kun oldin

    lmfao. god bless you ze! this sh!t is hilarious

  21. Jesse Garcia

    Jesse Garcia9 kun oldin

    You need to get out of that crappy relationship...🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣💪🐐

  22. Gfan 2000

    Gfan 20009 kun oldin


  23. 7even.62

    7even.6210 kun oldin

    Good toilet !!!🤣🤣🤣🤦‍♂️

  24. Carolyn Talbot

    Carolyn Talbot10 kun oldin

    Don't Google "penis-fencing"

  25. The Mann

    The Mann10 kun oldin

    pseudobiceros is how you spell the flat worm he is talking about at 3:47

  26. Jeremy Ayers

    Jeremy Ayers10 kun oldin

    I’m surprised he didn’t say “bat-fish crazy” lol

  27. Derrick Huang

    Derrick Huang10 kun oldin

    Why do batfish look like the grinch

  28. Jeremy Holland

    Jeremy Holland10 kun oldin

    This is by far the greatest nature channel on UZnick...... No the world watch out Attenborough!!!

  29. Max Altenkirch

    Max Altenkirch11 kun oldin

    Now we need an episode on the penis fencing flatworms

  30. Rob S

    Rob S11 kun oldin

    Turdtles lol

  31. Deputy Blunderbus Boondoggles

    Deputy Blunderbus Boondoggles11 kun oldin

    and if it lives... that is how it deuoooo

  32. Deputy Blunderbus Boondoggles

    Deputy Blunderbus Boondoggles11 kun oldin

    i can't say baby anymore I've watched these so much... its be-beh

  33. Deputy Blunderbus Boondoggles

    Deputy Blunderbus Boondoggles11 kun oldin

    looks like 611 batfish didn't have a sense of humor...

  34. TzadikTheManic

    TzadikTheManic11 kun oldin

    There needs to be a batfish plush-toy ☺️

  35. J̅o̅h̅n̅n̅y̅ F̅a̅v̅o̅r̅i̅t̅e̅

    J̅o̅h̅n̅n̅y̅ F̅a̅v̅o̅r̅i̅t̅e̅11 kun oldin

    Batfish Crazy

  36. Kristian Pahe

    Kristian Pahe12 kun oldin

    I am better than this. I am better than this.


    BUZZKILL WR18 kun oldin

    Hahahaha I love your videos good sir.

  38. G-Shawn Ar Rhmn

    G-Shawn Ar Rhmn21 kun oldin

    I think this is more likely to be called a frogfish than a batfish. 🙄🙂

  39. Marina Nieto

    Marina Nieto21 kun oldin

    Hey in brazil we call that robin fish "coió" like goofy fish

  40. PS A

    PS A24 kun oldin


  41. Derek Luetjen

    Derek Luetjen25 kun oldin

    really loving these videos

  42. Nexus8846 Productions

    Nexus8846 Productions26 kun oldin

    Man, that's BatFish insane.

  43. momcatwoo

    momcatwoo28 kun oldin


  44. Jayvee Valdez

    Jayvee Valdez29 kun oldin

    they are called batfish because they were orphans and came out at night to fight crime in bikini bottom.

  45. Ryan Martinez

    Ryan MartinezOy oldin

    Neptune Toad

  46. Starr Blalock

    Starr BlalockOy oldin

    Pronounced grrrrnerd for the grunting noises they make

  47. Joseph Soule

    Joseph SouleOy oldin

    I need an entire episode on the sea robins. I have never seen anything quite that immediately distressing.

  48. Bluebird 3800

    Bluebird 3800Oy oldin


  49. Ivan Ruiz

    Ivan RuizOy oldin

    "sorry, one sec, chewing" hahahahah

  50. Ferria

    FerriaOy oldin

    My daily giggles.

  51. Tibor Malinsky

    Tibor MalinskyOy oldin

    The more you look at Matthew, the more trypophobia intensifies.

  52. Allison James

    Allison JamesOy oldin

    Awww. We can’t have scientists stop getting drunk & naming things or science would be so much more boring 🤷‍♀️

  53. Allison James

    Allison JamesOy oldin

    Matthew might have a face only a mother can love (or fans of grumpy cat), but he has very pretty eyes

  54. Ashly Zander

    Ashly ZanderOy oldin

    He looks like he has chicken wings 😂

  55. Virus1956

    Virus1956Oy oldin

    So glad I found your channel

  56. ArvinRoido Atienza

    ArvinRoido AtienzaOy oldin

    Seriously, though, the bat fish face kinda looks like the Grinch

  57. kealii cabreros

    kealii cabrerosOy oldin

    omg- "and scientist you need to stop gettibg drunk when you name fish'" lmao

  58. Ned Wang

    Ned WangOy oldin

    My dyslexia made me think it’s FatBish instead of BatFish.

  59. Michael

    MichaelOy oldin

    I just sent the to my cousin who's name is also Matthew

  60. Maeve Elizabeth

    Maeve ElizabethOy oldin

    GOD I fucking hate the sea Robin. It just looks like a fish that got superglued to a crab and nature just said fuck it and made it it's own creature. It looks ridiculous and I hate it

  61. Germie Napkins24

    Germie Napkins24Oy oldin

    **NOTE TO SELF**:: don't eat while watching 'True Facts' 🤐

  62. Larry B. Lindsay

    Larry B. LindsayOy oldin

    Hey zefrank1 How about a vid on sea monsters along the line of this one?

  63. David Howard

    David HowardOy oldin

    "If you're just following someone around and eating their crap all day; you get out of that relationship! You're better than that!" 🤣 Best advice I ever got!

  64. Breshannon Devereaux

    Breshannon DevereauxOy oldin

    DAMN! YOmake me LAUGH!!

  65. Hardcore Halo

    Hardcore Halo2 oy oldin

    Totally not gonna send this video to my friend Matthew.

  66. Micheal Levene

    Micheal Levene2 oy oldin

    Idgaf how old the video is this channel produces pure art, like a duck do.

  67. kotonagano

    kotonagano2 oy oldin

    Zefrank1, Please make cloaca T-shirt!

  68. H 2ear

    H 2ear2 oy oldin

    As aposed to a false fact

  69. Blessed Bees

    Blessed Bees2 oy oldin

    4:06 “Dancing Bowellerinas” ...........pretty sure I just had a mild stroke.

  70. Arif Galih

    Arif Galih2 oy oldin

    place laughing Daenerys Tagaryen meme here, lol.

  71. LaCane

    LaCane2 oy oldin

    The searobins reminded me of gyo and once he said the word fart a little after i had a minor ptsd attack

  72. James Wolf

    James Wolf2 oy oldin

    3:43 I found it! Pseudobiceros Hancockanus

  73. Ben Wil

    Ben Wil2 oy oldin

    Ahhh...its so nice being in the ocean ..way down here with my funny talkin guide and theese freaks of nature,than up there "☝" with all thoose wacky "people" 🙃

  74. what ever

    what ever2 oy oldin

    I like how the end has great relationship advice hahha

  75. Andrew Johnston

    Andrew Johnston2 oy oldin

    Hancock on us is what subtitles says

  76. Olivier R.

    Olivier R.2 oy oldin

    The thing about this specie is that they're batfish crazy!

  77. Devon Morisseau

    Devon Morisseau2 oy oldin

    Pretty sure this thing is the half-way point between a fish and a frog

  78. Regina Ivy *SweetPea* Barnett

    Regina Ivy *SweetPea* Barnett2 oy oldin


  79. Khanh Hua

    Khanh Hua2 oy oldin

    Clams are stupid. Of course! Who could contend?!

  80. rustin gilder

    rustin gilder2 oy oldin

    What was that thing that looked like a fish with spider legs?

  81. unknown dragon

    unknown dragon2 oy oldin

    They’re batfish crazy

  82. Nauman Javed

    Nauman Javed2 oy oldin

    "Not on the roof like a duck do..." hahhahahaha

  83. Biodegradable X

    Biodegradable X2 oy oldin

    They look like frogs that didn’t finish evolving

  84. Case

    Case2 oy oldin

    Every single detail of these fish gives me the heebies and the jeebies

  85. DynamicSoulz

    DynamicSoulz2 oy oldin

    “Keratin” every ark player: WHERE

  86. boopy yt

    boopy yt2 oy oldin

    That's actually my name and it's just like me

  87. Gosia Malaczek

    Gosia Malaczek2 oy oldin

    0:25 he looks awfully like Grinch here 🤣💚

  88. Gunder

    Gunder2 oy oldin

    I love how mid-discussion of the fact hes about to tell us he actually reacts to what he sees😂

  89. Gundam Barbatos

    Gundam Barbatos2 oy oldin

    4:46 WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THAT?!?!?!?!?

  90. Matt Osborne

    Matt Osborne2 oy oldin

    "This the story of a man named Stanley"

  91. Matt Osborne

    Matt Osborne2 oy oldin

    "This the story of a man named Stanley"

  92. Essboxx Essboxx

    Essboxx Essboxx2 oy oldin

    Hi ze, im wondering have you and colleagues have a butterfly show? Im greatful for ya'lls hard work and GREAT UNMATCHED HUMOROUS & TEACHABLE /LEARNABILITY shows. ILK (i love knowledge) hmm avatar..

  93. Bill Frown

    Bill Frown2 oy oldin

    These are getting better and better.

  94. Seth Newburgh

    Seth Newburgh2 oy oldin

    we need videos on that sea robin thing what the hell was that?

  95. Foxiepaws ACAnderson

    Foxiepaws ACAnderson2 oy oldin

    Never heard of the batfish but now I must know how he do.

  96. Mjmannella

    Mjmannella2 oy oldin

    Pseudobiceros hancockanus if anyone's wondering

  97. Luke Cy

    Luke Cy2 oy oldin

    I wanna transplant these guys to a habitable planet with no land vertebrates and check back in on them every ten million years or so

  98. Luka Hernon

    Luka Hernon2 oy oldin

    He has the eys of an octopus and the body of a mudskipper

  99. Ford 2020 Traverse

    Ford 2020 Traverse2 oy oldin

    He said Sudo bicockoness he shoulda said it faster

  100. Masayoshi Bernardo Longhi Ninomiya

    Masayoshi Bernardo Longhi Ninomiya2 oy oldin

    This is batfish crazy