My neighbor found another one of these dried-out batfish up but he highest high tide line.
I found three dried-out toadfishes up at the very high tide line which must have been created by a storm.
Toadfishes are bottom feeders, and so apparently, when they are dead already as by-catch, it is worth cutting open their stomachs to see if they swallowed any rare and interesting mollusks.
These three were so dried out that they were like spiny wood.
Do not know species, was described as a "walking batfish"
Caught at Mullet Key at around 2pm
Dead on beach, likely due to red tide
Washed up on shore.
The Ogcocephalidae are a family of bottom-dwelling, specially adapted fish. They are sometimes referred to as seabats, batfishes, or anglerfishes. They are found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide. They are mostly found at depths between 200 and 3,000 m (660 and 9,840 ft), but have been recorded as deep as 4,000 m (13,000 ft). A few species live in much shallower coastal waters and exceptionally may enter river estuaries.