A new study shows how sailfish use their deadly sword-like bills to hunt and capture schooling prey fish.
Any angler who pursues sailfish knows that they are one of the fastest and deadliest apex predators in the seas. Sailfish, along with marlins and swordfish, are equipped with a long sword-like bill that they use to hunt prey.
A study published earlier this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B provides a unique look at how sailfish use their deadly bills to hunt and capture schooling prey.
The study’s researchers filmed high-speed footage of sailfish hunting schools of sardines off the coast of Cancún, Mexico where sailfish are abundant. The footage sheds new light on the precision tactics sailfish use to take down their prey.
As you can see, sailfish take their time and exercise patience when they approach schooling fish.
“It’s a very orderly process,” the study’s co-author, Alexander Wilson said. “They don’t want to risk breaking their bills.”
The study also explains that sailfish flash stripes and colors on their bodies while hunting to confuse prey fish.
Their powerful speed, keen hunting abilities and incredible leaping power make them one of most highly sought after saltwater game fish in the world.
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