Port 6 Pago Pago — The Samoa Flying Fox


What kind of fruit is that . . . ?

What kind of fruit is that . . . ?

Those aren’t fruit you see hanging from that tree above.  Those are a species of megabat known as the Samoa flying fox.  These monster fruit bats may to huge in size, but they’re diminutive in weight.  The wingspan can reach nearly 3 feet/.86 meters, but they way only about a pound/450 grams.  Believe it or not, these guys are classified as only “medium” in size.  Larger species of megabats may reach 5.6 feet/1.7 meters and weigh up to 2.6/1.2 kilograms.  That particular megabat would be the giant golden-crowned flying fox found in the Philippines.

Here are additional images of these cute-looking fellows:

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