We all know that many species of birds like to eat fish when they can catch them. But the idea of fish eating birds is definitely something new apart from the occasional shark or some sea based mammals who eat penguins.
Scientists in France have studied catfish in the river Tarn and observed the attacking and eating pigeons that make the mistake of wading into the river. Post mortems of the fish which can grow up to 2m long revealed that some of them seem to get 80% of their diet from birds although others do not eat them at all.
See the fish in action:
No-one has recorded any images of catfish attacks in the UK but they are suspected of attacking swans in a bird reserve where various injuries have been recorded by unknown underwater predators at Martin Mere in Lancashire
This is all a little worrying since the catfish record was broken this year in Essex when a huge 65kgs specimen was landed. Luckily this particular fish is not thought to have acquired a taste for land or airborne creatures. There have been alleged lethal attacks on humans in Nepal. So should we worry about frolicking in our native waters where potentially life threatening fish may be lurking?
Hopefully this new fishy fashion will not catch on in our own frigid waterways. But I have observed that fish in warmer countries seem to be much less shy than our own: if you throw bread or foods into lakes or rivers in many warmer climates a frenzy of fish will suddenly appear to eat them.
Tour guides in Australia happily throw sliced bread into the pacific and the water churns up with a feeding frenzy. If you put your hand into a pond in some parts of the Caribbean thousands of tadpoles will arrive to nibble your fingers. But the testicle eating pacu fish of the Amazon is definitely to be avoided.
I think I will just stick to the comfort of our local swimming pool for now. And you can rest assured that at Maestro Pressure Coolers you will not find any aquatic life forms in any of our products!