It starts out looking like blood in the water, but then you realize it’s a swarm of little, red fish.
Giant snakehead babies, to be exact.
While the poster believes the young were “rescuing” their parent, in reality, the young feed off the slime of the parent fish. They were having a meal while mom or dad was hooked.
Still, the young do stick close to the parents until they mature.
The giant snakehead is native to Southeast Asia and is a food source for the people there.
The fish is also fun to catch, since they put up a good fight when they’re hooked. The giant snakehead is a vicious predator that will chase and eat anything that will fit into its mouth.
Some people call them “freshwater great whites.” The fish can even travel short distances on dry land.
In the United States, the giant snakehead is an invasive species that is already in six states. They survive in warm water sources, since they are a tropical species.