Noctilionidae – Bulldog bats

There are a lot of very cute bats in the world – these flying fishermen certainly aren’t one of them!

These bats can fly at speeds of up to 65 km/h (40 mph) an hour while also raking the water beneath them with their feet trying to snag out a fish. An oily substance is released from their bodies that acts as a water repellent, and it covers the wings and large tail membrane. These bats are also excellent swimmers.

Bulldog bats or fishing bats are found in tropical lowlands, where they roost in colonies during the day. Species of this family not only feed on fish but can also forage on insects and aquatic invertebrates in their timea of need. These bats usually roost near water, often in hollow trees or in deep cracks in rocks.