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Catfish Have Learned How To Hunt........

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Chee-to, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Catfish Have Learned How To Hunt Pigeons


    Catfish Have Learned How To Hunt Pigeons - Business Insider

    European Catfish have developed a taste for pigeon. The 1.5 meter long fish — the largest in the continent — lunge out of the water to grab the feathery feast.

    They are temporarily stranded on the gravel shore when they attack the pigeons, risking death for a meal. The finding was published yesterday, Dec. 5, in the journal PLoS ONE.

    Ed Yong over at Discover's blog Not Exactly Rocket Science talked to Julien Cucherousset from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse about the strange fish behaviors:

    Alerted to the fishes’ behaviour by local fishermen, Cucherousset watched them from a bridge overlooking the island. Over the summer of 2011, he filmed 54 attacks, of which 28 percent were successful.

    Catfish get their name for the long, sensitive whiskers (or ‘barbels’) on their upper jaws, and the Tarn fishes would erect theirs when they were hunting pigeons. This, combined with the fact that only moving pigeons were ever attacked, suggests that the fish are sensing the vibrations of birds that approached the water.
  2. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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    Thats very cool
  3. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    2 cheers for the catfish..>....I hate pigeons
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  4. CFletch08

    CFletch08 CA...for now New Member

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    I'm just glad those things haven't taken a liking to human flesh. Catfish around here look like they'd put up a good fight, I couldn't imagine the damage a 1.5 meter long one could do. But as long as they stay with pigeons, they are doing a public service.