Imagine diving into the sea and filling your mouth with ten liters of water!
Pelicans have a very dynamic and unique way of catching the small fish they eat.
They hurtle towards the ocean surface in a powerful dive, opening their giant mouths at the last second, taking in up to 10 liters of seawater along with the small fish they’re targeting.
In this stunning footage we are able to see the entire process in slow motion from just before they hit the water, all the way through the expansion of their balloon-like bill flesh underwater, and the trapping of the prey within their cavernous maws.
It is an amazing process as well as amazing film work.
This is a snippet from another recently posted video coming from the BBC’s outstanding film, “Earthflight” (or “Winged Planet”).
See that equally impressive video here.