posted on Dec, 7 2012 @ 09:18 AM
Astonishingly catfish have been observed catching and eating birds in the Tarn River in south-west France.
Catfish in south-west France have been spotted leaping from a river to snap up the unsuspecting birds, before wriggling back beneath the water to
swallow them. The unusual behaviour - similar to the way some marine mammals beach themselves to snap up prey from the shore - has never been seen
among catfish in their native range.
It has led researchers the University of Toulouse to dub them 'freshwater killer whales'. Between 1m and 1.5m long, European catfish are the largest
freshwater fish on the continent and third largest in the world.
Researchers have no idea why they hunt the birds but speculate it could be because of declining prey
Apparently researchers have watched the catfish (which can grow to be 1.5 m long) beach themselves 54 times attempting to catch birds and have been
successful 28% of the time.
Feeding ground: Researchers spent five months watching the catfish from a bridge
over a small gravel island over a stretch of the Tarn passing through the city centre of Albi, north-east of Toulouse
Pounce: The fish lunges from the water and snaps up the bird in its jaws
edit on Fri Dec 7 2012 by DontTreadOnMe because: corrected the link