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Tigerfish catches bird video: Watch fish leap out of water to get lunch

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The video of a tigerfish catching a bird after leaping out of the water is a top Google search this weekend.

Images of the African tigerfish catching a swallow midflight after jumping out of a lake in the Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa are quite a sight to see.

Video: Watch tigerfish catch bird in flight

According to a new study published in the Journal of Fish Biology, the video is known to be the first record of a freshwater fish jumping out of the water and grabbing a bird in flight.

The study states that tigerfish can jump as high as three feet high when they want to grab a tasty bird for lunch.

Nico Smit, director of the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management at North-West University in South Africa, told, "The whole action of jumping and catching the swallow in flight happened 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."

During the study, researchers reported that they saw at least 20 tigerfish jump out of the water and capture barn swallows, leaping into the air from various depths to attack the unsuspecting birds.

The tigerfish is known as a prized gamefish. The African fish are found in rivers and lakes and are fierce predators.

The little barn swallows don't have a fighting chance when a hungry tigerfish leaps out of the water. They have distinctive and ridiculously large teeth that will gobble the birds up in a seconds.


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