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Tigerfish catches bird: Impressive skill from freshwater fish on camera

A bird was caught by a tigerfish in South Africa.
A bird was caught by a tigerfish in South Africa.
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A tigerfish catches bird event was seen in footage recorded on video in South Africa. Epoch Times reports Jan. 10 that the African tigerfish caught on tape catching its prey is the first confirmed sighting of it making away with a bird, according to the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

This never-seen-before incident was 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,” said Nico Smit, who director of the unit.

Smit said that the research team skeptical of the "anecdotal reports that date back since at least the 1940s."

Prior to observing the tigerfish catching a bird, the team went out to explore the migration and living habitat of the tigerfish at Mapungubwe National Park, which almost borders with Botswana and Zimbabwe, the report said.

They didn’t expect to find the fish leaping out of the water and capturing fish. There were about 20 or so fish catching barn swallows every day. Their behaviors have not been recorded until now due to a low number of freshwater fish in the African continent.

Seeing a fish literally raise high enough to capture a flying animal is hard to believe and would be quite a feat any wild creature. If a tigerfish catches a bird, that proves what kind of elite skill it takes to survive in nature.