Friday, 7 December 2012

Catfish catching pigeons

This is amazing footage of European catfish on the River Tarn in France, where it passes through the city of Aldi, which I found on the Not Exactly Rocket Science blog on the Discover Magazines Blogs.

There's a small island in the river, where pigeons come to rest and bathe, and the catfish have obviously been watching David Attenborough, since they've learned to lurk in the shallows, then lunge out of the water to grab a pigeon, just like Patagonian killer whales catching unwary sea lion pups.  Yes, they sometimes strand themselves briefly, but, like the killer whales, they get back into the water without problem, and obviously catch enough pigeons to think it's worth the effort.

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