9 Fish That Hunt Land Animals
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9 Fish That Hunt Land Animals

from one species that can effectively
walk out of the water to another which is known as the fish from hell here are
nine fish that can hunt land animals before we begin be sure to subscribe –
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learn about in the comments section below number nine mudskipper mudskippers are
found in temperate subtropical and tropical regions including the Atlantic
coast of Africa and the Indo Pacific like the name would suggest this fish
has several fascinating adaptations which enable it to travel on land as
well as in the water they’re able to walk or skip on land by using their
pectoral and pelvic fins on land they survive by breathing through their skin
throat and the mucous lining of their mouths this is called cutaneous air
breathing and it’s similar to the way amphibians breathe on land however this
is only possible when mudskippers are moist which is why they tend to be
restricted to humid habitats they’re able to regulate their body temperatures
by digging deep burrows in soft sediments which also protect them from
predators during high tide on land mud skippers perform a wide variety of
activities these include feeding courting potential partners as well as
establishing and defending territories that diets include snails insects small
crabs and even other mudskippers number eight tiger shark up until recently the
consensus was that that tiger sharks only feed on marine animals and water
birds then a researcher from Dolphin Island sea lab named Marcus dreimann
made an interesting discovery in 2009 after he caught a tiger shark off the
coast of Alabama dreimann noticed that the shark had coughed up feathers
interestingly enough these feathers didn’t belong to a water bird
this led dreimann to suspect that tiger sharks might be supplementing their
with other types of birds a study followed in which the stomach’s of over
50 tiger sharks were dissected the contents of about half of the fish’s
stomachs revealed beaks feathers and feet from terrestrial birds like meadow
larks woodpeckers and tanika’s the theory is that as they migrate some
birds lose their way there thus forced to keep
flying until they become exhausted which brings them closer and closer to the
surface where the tiger sharks are waiting to snap them in their jaws
number seven wels catfish wels catfish is by all accounts a true River monster
in 2009 a large catfish almost drowned the Hungarian fisherman he had attempted
to grab the fish in a hold but soon regretted the decision the fisherman
barely escaped with his life after the fish dragged him underwater by his right
leg wels catfish can potentially weigh over
660 pounds while measuring up to 16 feet that’s significantly larger than any
human being even though reports of such giants have
become a rarity in recent years an interest in tendency has been observed
in medium sized catfish from the tan River in Alba France
they’ve reportedly developed an ability to grab pigeons from the riverbanks it’s
believed that the larger catfish have taken to hunting in the river depths
forcing the smaller catfish to search for other sources of food it’s also
suspected that the larger specimens can’t swim the shallow waters to get to
the riverbanks after the catfish grabbed the pigeons they consumed them in the
water based on observation they have a kill rate of 28 percent this may seem
low but it’s actually quite impressive for a fish hunt in an animal that can
essentially fly away when threatened number six African tiger fish
this fish genis native to the african continent is commonly referred to as
tiger fish the scientific name for the genes– is hydra sinners and it consists
of five species which are all typically by severus meaning they feed on other
fish Hydra Sina’s attaches however has become recorded displaying a rather
unique adaptation it’s the only freshwater fish species proven to prey
on birds in flight its main target consists of low-flying barn swallows a
sleek body that measures over 3 feet in length and sharp fang-like teeth enabled
tiger fish to quickly jump out of the water and grab birds as they fly past
different hunting strategies have also been observed one is to hide just
beneath the surface and to ambush the bird in flight while another involves
chasing the bird from the surface and then leaping to grab it the first time
this phenomenon was observed it happened so fast that the team responsible for
recording it barely had time to realize what happened
number 5 eel catfish researchers speculate that the eel catfish uses the
same method to hunt on land that was used by the first vertebrates to venture
out of the water around 420 million years ago to catch
insects on land the eel catfish will arch its specialized spine to rise above
its prey which usually consists of various insects then the eel descends on
it trapping his prey against the ground and bend in its mouth around it
eel catfish jaw muscles a hypertrophic meaning that the cells in the tissue are
larger which increases bite strength in the water the eel catfish employs a
different hunting technique it expands its mouth cavity pulling in extra water
and sucking up prey on land this hunting technique wouldn’t work because air is
around 800 times less dense than water number 4 silver Arowana
the silver Arowana is native to South America in some species and known to
reach almost 4 feet in length in its native waters the silver Arowana is
known as the monkey fish for its ability to capture prey by jumping out of the
water they typically swim near the surface
while looking out for potential prey on tree branches the targets of its jumping
attacks may include snakes insects bats or birds once it’s found a suitable
victim the fish unleashes its incredibly Swift attack with a staggering jump that
can reach over 6 feet above the water surface
despite this impressive hunting technique the silver Arowana usually
uses its drawbridge like mouths to eat animals floating on the surface by
crustaceans or smaller fish number 3 rainbow trout this colorful fish is
known to fight back when caught and for its ability to jump high above the water
when hunting prey this predator will eat nearly anything it captures with a
varied diet including insects smaller fish and even some small land animals
the rainbow trout usually hunts for land animals during their breeding season
when the prey is abundant in 2013 a researcher discovered a rainbow trout
with the remains of 20 shrews in its stomach this furthered understanding of
how apt the fish is at tackling land prey wildlife experts believe that the
trout grabs these creatures whenever they venture close to the riverbank
number 2 Archer fish much like the name implies this
freshwater fish takes down prey using a ranged attack after the archer fish
selects its target which usually consists of insects hanging from tree
branches it contracts its gills to shoot a water stream from its mouth the stream
is shaped by the fish’s mouth pots to travel faster at the rim than at the
front forming the type of blob that impacts the target from around three to
nearly seven feet they’re remarkably accurate shots however even if they miss
the target the persistent archer fish will take multiple shots what’s even
more remarkable is that the archer fish will develop its skill through social
learning this means that they can observe how one member of the school
uses the shooting technique to later adapt or modify their angles and target
distances younger fish are initially inaccurate so by hunted in small schools
they develop their shooting through observation and experience it has
recently emerged that Archer fish also used Jets to hunt underwater prey
experts don’t know which hunting technique developed first whether it was
the aerial or underwater one according to one theory they evolved in parallel
complementing each other the more they were used by the archer fish number one
snakehead fish snakeheads are elongated fish with large
mouths sharp shiny teeth and long dorsal fins there are 40 snakehead species
belonging to two main types the para China native to Africa and the China in
Asia since these freshwater fish breathe air through their gills they’re able to
migrate short distances on land by wriggling with their bodies and fins
snake heads can travel almost a quarter of a mile on land where they can survive
for up to four days as bad news for animals on the shorelines or river banks
as some snakehead species like the northern snakehead can grow to be over 3
feet National Geographic has described this snakehead as fish Zillah for more
than a hundred years humans have been introducing snake heads to
non-indigenous waters where they become invasive and cause ecological damage the
lack of natural predators in these waters means that snake heads often
reach apex status they also tend to spread rapidly by the age of two or
three the snakehead has already reached sexual maturity and a single female may
release up to 150,000 eggs every two years after it was introduced either
intentionally or ignorantly in North American waters the aggressive snakehead
earned the reputation of Frankenfish monster fish or the fish from hell
thanks for watching which fish do you think is the most apt at hunted land
animals let us know in the comments section below


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