Most of us are aware of the terrifying nature of South America’s predatory fish, the piranha, but many aren’t aware of its equally viscious and now high-flying cousin in Africa, the tigerfish.
Researchers in South Africa were recently able to capture amazing footage of a tigerfish leaping out of the water and snatching a bird in flight. This is thought to be the first evidence of a freshwater fish “catching birds on the wing,” the BBC says.
Check out the video below to see it in action. Thankfully it is shown in real-time as well as slow-motion.
The researchers’ work is published in the latest Journal of Fish Biology. Pretty crazy, right? Here’s another video of a tigerfish, just to get you up close and personal with this scary fellow.
Have you ever encountered a tigerfish in person? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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