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Old 12-08-2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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Researchers captured video of the European catfish, which reside in the River Tarn in southwestern France. In the footage, several of the fish, which range in length from 3 to nearly 5 feet, are seen thrusting their bodies from the shallow banks onto land where they capture pigeons and drag them back into the water.
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Well, we have fish- eating birds so why not?
we also have bird-eating birds, fish-eating fish.
Interesting that the birds who wander into the water to catch the little fishes get caught by the big fish. Could the catfish be catching what is preying on their own prey, the smaller fish?
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I always thought catfish were scavengers.
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Good point dap. In the bird world, raptors like hawks, falcons, oprey and eagles predate live prey such as fish, small mammals or other birds. Turkey vultures and black vultures are seen feeding on road kill. But the Crested Caracara is an opportunist predator. who will join the vultures at their party, or kill for its food.

So I guess these catfish opportunistic as well.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:31 AM   #5
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I always thought catfish were scavengers.
Some species, such as the channel catfish, can be active predators, feeding on insects and other invertebrates as well as small fish, and the occasional small bird or mammal that happens to fall in the water.

channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus
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Very cool Catfish are very opportunistic feeders and I've caught them on every thing from hotdogs to live minnows and artificial lures. Those appear to be Wels Catfish I forget where they are native to but they have been introduced all across Europe as a game fish here is a look at how big they get:
http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.48123...66495&pid=15.1

You can imagine the damage that is caused by introducing a predator of that magnitude into a closed aquatic ecosystem YIKES
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Some species, such as the channel catfish, can be active predators, feeding on insects and other invertebrates as well as small fish, and the occasional small bird or mammal that happens to fall in the water.

channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus
Thanks, suunto, for always filling in the gaps in my knowledge base.
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