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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:16 PM

Catfish hunt pigeons in France

Posted on December 10, 2012 - 06:21 by Flora Malein

Scientists observed the catfish lying in wait in shallow water in order to catch the pigeons.

Released in a set of slightly gruesome images, the scientists recorded the catfish hunting pigeons in a behaviour that mimics the strategies used by killer whales hunting seals on ice floes. The catfish located in the River Tarn, Southern France, are thought to sense the presence of the pigeons from vibrations in the air using their long whiskers, which stand erect while they are lying in wait.

The behaviour was observed on a small island in the Tarn where pigeons go to drink water and wash. Taking pictures and video from a bridge overhead, the scientists recorded 54 ‘beaching behaviours’, where the catfish risked being stranded on the bank to catch their feathered prey. 28 percent of these events were successful with the land birds returned to the river by the fish and swallowed ...



http://www.tgdaily.com/general-sciences-features/67959-catfish-hunt-pigeons-in-france

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struggle4progress Dec 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2012 #1
struggle4progress Dec 2012 #2
Baitball Blogger Dec 2012 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2012 #5
DavidDvorkin Dec 2012 #4
kestrel91316 Dec 2012 #6
DavidDvorkin Dec 2012 #7
eppur_se_muova Dec 2012 #8

Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:22 PM

1. Damn clever of those catfish.

That is not something I would have expected from them.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:33 PM

2. The fish surprised me with their birding

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:36 PM

3. But if you watch closely, two out of the three got away.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:51 PM

5. I did see that.

The OP did state that the catfish were only successful part of the time.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:39 PM

4. Oh, sure, we think it's funny now

But just wait till the catfish start going after larger prey and further inland.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:37 PM

6. Some catfish CAN walk on land.........

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:57 PM

7. Well, there you are!

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:00 PM

8. I remember seeing African turtles pulling seagulls under ...

there's something slightly humiliating about being caught by a turtle.

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