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Catfish learning to hunt pigeons on land
Yahoo ^ | 07 Dec 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer

Posted on 12/07/2012 7:22:13 PM PST by Theoria

In an unusual development that researchers are calling evidence of adaptive behavior, some catfish have taken to jumping on land to hunt live pigeons.

Discover Magazine's Ed Yong writes, "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."

Researchers captured video of the European catfish, which reside in the River Tarn in southwestern France. In the footage, several of the fish, which range in length from 3 to nearly 5 feet, are seen thrusting their bodies from the shallow banks onto land where they capture pigeons and drag them back into the water.

Some dolphins and killer whales have exhibited similar behavior, though both are mammals and better equipped to survive on land for brief periods of time.

Still, Julien Cucherousset from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse has taken to describing the catfish as "freshwater killer whales."

The study results were published in the scientific journal Plos One. The study's abstract notes:

"Among a total of 45 beaching behaviors observed and filmed, 28% were successful in bird capture. 


A European catfish moves in to attack a group of pigeons.

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: catfish; fish; fishing; piegeon; pigeon

1 posted on 12/07/2012 7:22:25 PM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria
Interesting. It turns out some catfish have limited ability to breathe air, like those in Florida. These may be some of those.
2 posted on 12/07/2012 7:25:01 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Theoria
Wels are pretty badass.

Germany's legendary dog-eating catfish found dead

3 posted on 12/07/2012 7:27:21 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: Theoria

What’s the land speed velocity of an unladen catfish?


4 posted on 12/07/2012 7:32:27 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Theoria
Catfish learning to hunt. . . .


5 posted on 12/07/2012 7:32:47 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Catfish Hunter.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; SunkenCiv

good Lord, what on earth?? ping!


6 posted on 12/07/2012 7:34:47 PM PST by cyn (Benghazi.)
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To: Theoria

EAT MOR PIGIN!


7 posted on 12/07/2012 7:43:56 PM PST by bigbob
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To: andyk; catpuppy
What’s the land speed velocity of an unladen catfish?

Wot? Wot do you mean? A European catfish or a Floridian catfish?

8 posted on 12/07/2012 7:46:17 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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Apparently these catfish got tired of being called bottom feeders.


9 posted on 12/07/2012 7:47:48 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Theoria
A European catfish moves in to attack a group of pigeons.

Tastes like chick'in! LOL!

Seriously, catfish tend to live in water with low oxygen content, that's why you sometimes see them 'gasping' at the surface for air.

Survival out of water for short periods is no problem for one of these whiskered eating machines.

10 posted on 12/07/2012 7:53:47 PM PST by MamaTexan (It is impossible to follow the Original Intent of the Constitution and NOT acknowledge secession)
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To: Theoria
Did somebody say Catfish Hunter?


11 posted on 12/07/2012 7:55:28 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: null and void
Wot? Wot do you mean? A European catfish or a Floridian catfish?

Ack!
12 posted on 12/07/2012 7:57:02 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: null and void

I believe this is the African catfish, wot.


13 posted on 12/07/2012 7:58:04 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Boogieman
No, we said Walter Pidgeon.


14 posted on 12/07/2012 8:00:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Theoria

An aquatic cat catching an airborne rat. Fitting.


15 posted on 12/07/2012 8:02:44 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: Theoria

Give it a few thousand years, and a desire to walk on land, and develop legs and air-breathing lungs, and evolution will have transformed that catfish into a land predator, and possible into a man-eating monster.

Alternatively, it may remain what it is for eternity, since on one has ever witnessed that kind of evolution from one species to another.


16 posted on 12/07/2012 8:10:43 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: adorno

17 posted on 12/07/2012 8:14:05 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: Theoria

In another twist, here’s a bird using a tool, bait, to lure in a fish!

gone_fishing.mpeg


18 posted on 12/07/2012 8:17:53 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Noob1999

Sorry, link no workee!


19 posted on 12/07/2012 8:19:43 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: hinckley buzzard

has anyone sent them to WashDC yet?


20 posted on 12/07/2012 8:27:30 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: Theoria

21 posted on 12/07/2012 8:30:09 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: adorno

Maybe it’s because we haven’t been looking. Even after Darwin, we don’t look because we assume the time spans are vast the changes gradual. Perhaps both young earth creationists and Darwinists are right: the earth is only six thousand years old ... but evolution is true (and speedy!)
/s


22 posted on 12/07/2012 8:37:59 PM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: Theoria

Say what?????


23 posted on 12/07/2012 8:38:39 PM PST by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Heh.

A man's gotta eat.


24 posted on 12/07/2012 8:47:16 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

ha I actually had his card when I was a kid. thanks to bubble gum lol


25 posted on 12/07/2012 8:47:32 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: MamaTexan

Survival out of water for short periods is no problem for one of these whiskered eating machines.

*******

So true but they can survive even longer if properly acclimated. When I was a kid a family friend told me about finding a catfish flopping around in an almost dry ditch once the rain waters receded...

He said each day he removed a spoonful of water from the puddle and the fish did fine. He fed it dry dog food to keep it nourished and one day the fish was able to survive without any water at all except just what he needed to drink.

Soon after the catfish grew strong and started following my friend around his property just like a pet. Sometimes the catfish got a brief dunking in a horse tank for a treat but he always came to the surface quickly and gulping for air, wanting out.

This friendship went on for about a year, as I recall. Things were good until the next seasonal rains hit. Torrents of rain. Sheets of water. Ditches turned to streams. Streams turned into rivers. Deluge of moisture with no end.

Finally, it stopped. The sun came out and dried the land. My friend went searching for his pet, the catfish. He found him in the same ditch..in a small puddle of water but his friend had sadly drowned.


26 posted on 12/07/2012 9:07:28 PM PST by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Ah... Snapper Soup fixins’ getting fatted up I see...


27 posted on 12/07/2012 10:35:27 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Theoria

Okay, I’m impressed.


28 posted on 12/08/2012 5:22:19 AM PST by Tax-chick (More than you ever wanted to know, right?)
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To: Noob1999

29 posted on 12/08/2012 8:56:08 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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31 posted on 12/08/2012 8:58:09 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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To: I Shall Endure
So, is your whole post supposed to be sarcasm, or it there anything in it that you wish to propose as something that you actually believe?

Maybe it’s because we haven’t been looking.

That sentence alone has to be sarcasm, since, evolutionist have been looking for the better part of two centuries for evidence of an actual jump from one species to another. And all of the looking has proved fruitless (or vegetableless?).
32 posted on 12/08/2012 10:18:05 AM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Go, Catfish!

Thanks Theoria.


33 posted on 12/08/2012 5:26:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cyn

Must be global warming. /s


34 posted on 12/08/2012 5:28:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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