Chomp! Fish Snatches Bird In Flight: VIDEO : The Two-WayThe African tigerfish can apparently leap into the air to catch fast-flying birds as they zoom by. There have been tales about this impressive feat. Now there's video of it.
It's been clear for ages that the African tigerfish is a vicious predator. Just check out those teeth.
Now researchers in South Africa say they've got video that proves something else that's really amazing about "Africa's answer to the piranha":
It can leap from the water to snatch a bird — and not a feathered snack that's just floating or standing around in shallow water. We're talking about a fast-flying swallow. Take a look at the clip, which Nature Newstream has helpfully presented in both real time and slow motion.
It's thought to be the first evidence of a freshwater fish "catching birds on the wing," the BBC says.