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Tigerfish catches bird: First official video of fish preying on birds in flight

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A tigerfish catches bird video has swiftly gone viral this week, marking the first official record caught on film of a fish preying on birds in mid-flight. This brief but incredible footage has already been seen thousands of times on YouTube.com since its recent uploading, and stands as an incredible form of research for scientists and nature experts alike. The Epoch Times reveals the inside report on these swimming hunters this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

The tigerfish catches bird clip was originally filmed in Africa and again marks the very first confirmed evidence of a freshwater animal (the tigerfish) attacking birds while flying, announces the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management in at Northwest University, located in South Africa. Since its capture, the video and accompanying research has been formally published in the Journal of Fish Biology.

“The whole action of jumping and catching the swallow in flight happens so incredibly quickly that after we first saw it, it took all of us a while to really fully comprehend what we had just seen,” notes Nico Smit, director of the study unit, told Nature.

Although early reports dating back to the early 20th century alleged that swimming fish might leap out of the water to attack a flying bird, as seen in the attached video, Smit added that his team wasn’t entirely sure that these anecdotal sightings were true, and were hoping to find concrete proof for themselves and both the scientific and nature communities.

The experts never anticipated catching this incredible tigerfish catches bird video, however, only planning on investigating the habitats and migration patterns of tigerfish in a South African National Park. In their studies, they discovered up to 20 fish per day leaping out to attack barn swallows, and because African freshwater fish study has been limited, no official recording or documentation of this incredible preying event has been made before in history.

“We hope that our findings will really focus the attention on the importance of basic freshwater research, and specifically fish behaviour,” he concluded.

Via YouTube, the “Tigerfish Catches Bird in Flight” video is linked above for interested viewers.

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