Catfish Skillful Enough to Stay on Land to Grab Pigeons
The December 5 issue of the scientific journal PLoS ONE has released a surprising fact that the sinister European catfish has now learned new skills i. e. to strand themselves. Their aim is common, which is to grab their prey, as per the revelations.
It is being said that they are easily squirming themselves so that they could catch pigeons on the land. European catfish is the largest freshwater fish on the continent. These fish are some 1.5 meters in length, the team from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse says.
Julien Cucherousset and colleagues have told that pigeons usually gather in southwestern France on a small gravel island. The island is in the River Tarn' middle, which winds through the Albi city, where on the island, the pigeons clean themselves and bathe.
The fish comes on the beach for a few precious seconds; during the same, they clench a pigeon and writhe back into the waters to have them. Local fishermen had informed the team about this phenomenon, following which it captured 54 attacks in 2011 summer.
"The behavioral strategies developed by predators to capture and kill their prey are fascinating, notably for predators that forage for prey at, or beyond, the boundaries of their ecosystem", the source blog read.