Scientists shocked to see a fish jump out of water to chase crab

09/23/2020 | 47 sec | NOT-RATED
Coral reef fishes use a multitude of diverse feeding behaviours to increase their ability to successfully capture a wide range of prey. Scientists reported a novel hunting behavior in a coral reef fish, the titan triggerfish, Balistoides viridescens, where an individual was seen partially beaching itself while attempting to catch a Red Sea ghost crab, Ocypode saratan. This is the first report of this behaviour in the order Tetraodontiformes, and represents an astonishing capability for this species to exploit food resources outside their typical assumed ecological niche.