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Mark H
The catfish that strands itself to kill pigeons -
The catfish that strands itself to kill pigeons
The catfish that strands itself to kill pigeons
"In Southwestern France, a group of fish have learned how to kill birds. As the River Tarn winds through the city of Albi, it contains a small gravel island where pigeons gather to clean and bathe. And patrolling the island are European catfish—1 to 1.5 metres long, and the largest freshwater fish on the continent. These particular catfish have taken to lunging out of the water, grabbing a pigeon, and then wriggling back into the water to swallow their prey. In the process, they temporarily strand themselves on land for a few seconds." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Other aquatic hunters strand themselves in a similar way, including bottlenose dolphins from South Carolina, which drive small fish onto beaches, and Argentinian killer whales, which swim onto beaches to snag resting sealions. The behaviour of the Tarn catfishes is so similar that Julien Cucherousset from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse describes them as “freshwater killer whales”." - Mark H
Woah - Todd Hoff
Seems like the makings of a video game here. Hillbilly handfishing plus French catfish, plus pigeons... - Spidra Webster
My new favorite fish! - Eivind
Pigeons are pigeons. They don't learn. - Xabaras (G.O.)
I have a special disdain for pigeons - Mo Kargas
Very interesting since most catfish are bottom dwellers/feeders. - CarlC