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First Confirmed Record Of Freshwater Fish Preying On Birds In Flight VIDEO

Nico Smit, director of the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa and the man responsible for this video said,it all happened so fast.When we first saw it, it took as a while to understand what we had just seen.

This is the first confirmed record of a freshwater fish preying on birds in flight, the team reports in the Journal of Fish Biology. Rumors of such behavior by the African tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus), which has been reported as reaching one meter in length, have long being circulating, even as back as the 1940s. But Smit says that his team was “never really convinced by the anecdotal reports”. So, when they set out to study of the migration and habitat use of these animals in a South African lake in the Mapungubwe National Park, near the border with Botswana and Zimbabwe, they were not necessarily looking for fish flying out of the water.

 

Goliath tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath)

Goliath Tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath)



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