National Geographic : 1973 May
Angler on the wing, the fishing bat gaffs prey with talons. This nocturnal skimmer (left) of Central and South American rivers, bays, and lagoons will beam his sonar toward the water to detect the swirl of a fin or tail breaking the surface. One swoop produces a red swordtail for dinner (below). Reaching for altitude, the bat transfers the fish from his claw (right) to his mouth. Sharp teeth crunch the victim into pieces that are stored in cheek pouches and eaten later.