(Image Source: PLOS)


BY LOGAN TITTLE

Birds that eat fish aren’t uncommon, but the other way around? A species of catfish in Europe have turned the tides on unsuspecting feathery victims. Take a look:

(Source: YouTube / PLOS One)

WLBT reports a Discovery researcher heard about the phenomenon from a local fisherman and just had to check it out.

“He studied them for a year and noticed the catfish were successful at killing pigeons … Some believe that maybe the catfish are eating all their other food and have started to resort to eating pigeons.”

The Public Library of Science blog reports researchers watched the fish in 2011 for five months and saw “54 pigeon hunting incidents, and in 28% of these cases, the catfish successfully captured their prey on land and dragged them back into the water to eat them.”

Business Insider reports the feather feasting fish have been dubbed “freshwater killer whales” and this isn’t the first time catfish have tried a meal outside of their natural habitat,

Der Spiegel reports a number of swimmers in Germany have been bitten by catfish in a Berlin lake.  One woman—now sporting a nearly 7 inch bite mark—told a local TV station she and a friend were swimming “And that’s when it latched onto my leg. It felt like a bite. We bolted away. And then it started bleeding, too.”

I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll stick to pools from now on.

European Catfish Hunting, Eating Feathered Prey

by Logan Tittle
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Dec 8, 2012

European Catfish Hunting, Eating Feathered Prey

(Image Source: PLOS)


BY LOGAN TITTLE

Birds that eat fish aren’t uncommon, but the other way around? A species of catfish in Europe have turned the tides on unsuspecting feathery victims. Take a look:

(Source: YouTube / PLOS One)

WLBT reports a Discovery researcher heard about the phenomenon from a local fisherman and just had to check it out.

“He studied them for a year and noticed the catfish were successful at killing pigeons … Some believe that maybe the catfish are eating all their other food and have started to resort to eating pigeons.”

The Public Library of Science blog reports researchers watched the fish in 2011 for five months and saw “54 pigeon hunting incidents, and in 28% of these cases, the catfish successfully captured their prey on land and dragged them back into the water to eat them.”

Business Insider reports the feather feasting fish have been dubbed “freshwater killer whales” and this isn’t the first time catfish have tried a meal outside of their natural habitat,

Der Spiegel reports a number of swimmers in Germany have been bitten by catfish in a Berlin lake.  One woman—now sporting a nearly 7 inch bite mark—told a local TV station she and a friend were swimming “And that’s when it latched onto my leg. It felt like a bite. We bolted away. And then it started bleeding, too.”

I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll stick to pools from now on.

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