Pulau Hantu - A celebration of marine life

Secret lives and secret worlds hidden in Singapore's most popular coral reef.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Greedy Goatfish

Goatfish often get mistaken for catfish because they seem to have a pair of "whiskers" sticking out just below their mouths. It's actually more like a goatee really, hence the name, as the feelers meant for helping it scavenge for food in the sandy sea bed, grow not on the side of the animals face like in cat fish, but below its chin.

Here's a short video of how they make use of their feelers ever so rapidly in the search for their food. We shot this during our anniversary dive, but goatfish are commonly encountered at Hantu's reef during the day time.