Skip to comments.Catfish learning to hunt pigeons on land (VIDEO)
Posted on 12/10/2012 2:54:12 PM PST by Renfield
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....
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There is a very neat video at the linked page.
Killer whales do it to seal pups in Patagonia.
There was a video of turtles swarming a wading bird at an African waterhole and dragging it in - left me feeling very queasy even though you can’t see any gore.
It doesn’t seem fair that water creatures should come out to attack land creatures, but I guess land and air creatures go in the water to hunt - turnabout and all that.
This has already posted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2966774/posts.
It is a neat video.
I’ve had Brown trout chase my lure 12”-18” up a gravel bank. :-)
Maybe I should try pigeon feathers....?
I thought catfish were bottom feeders
I thought catfish were bottom feeders
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While in water.
When on land they set their sites higher.
lol. Apparently so
Where the heck do you find Brown Trout that aggressive? I want to fish with you.
My fish bucket list is filled, except for the brown trout (and Arctic Char).
The lake surface just "opens" underneath the hapless little one...
Never see the big fish.... just one less quacker...
When they are juveniles...they are....scouring the bottom for the bits and scraps left over from the feed of the grown ups higher in the water column. Most folks target the tastier, easier to catch smaller cats. Grown cats like bream, shad, and small crappie just as much as the rest of the top line predators of the water....they just use different techniques to hunt them.
I’ve seen a wide variety of wildlife in the gullets of LMB....whose diet consists of whatever will fit in their mouths. Baby Blackbirds...snakes...rats...other bass...
Might simply be bad eyesight, the fish has trouble seeing where the water stops and the air begins. Once in the lunge you’re commited.
Many years ago fishing in Lake Fork in Texas...caught several catfish and in the mist of cleaning them...as in cutting their heads off and skinning them...one "head" jumped about 8 inches across the board I was using to clean them and latched onto my thumb and put a nice wound in it...
“My fish bucket list is filled, except for the brown trout (and Arctic Char).”
Have you caught a Golden Trout yet?
In a very small stream at about 9,500' elevation in the Cherangani Hills in Western Kenya. The British stocked Kenyan mountain streams with Browns & Rainbows during colonial times. These trout had seldom, if ever, seen a lure.
I was using a small plastic curly tailed grub on a 1/16 oz. jig head with a small Colorado spinner. Chartreuse, IIRC.
We were working out in the arid bush at lower elevations in NW Kenya & NE Uganda. Every few months we would take a break and head up to this spot with the kids and other families for a picnic. The kids would play in the creek and I'd head upstream a bit to fish. This particular day I caught 7 Browns between 13" and 19". I lost one which was significantly larger. :-)
Great memories from the mid-1980's!
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