How to Catch a Bird… If You’re a Fish

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Some toothy tigerfish have been documented catching unlikely prey in the most unlikely of ways: snatching birds right out of the sky.
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  1. SciShow
    7 ditë më parë

    Go to​ to try their Waves and Light course. Sign up now and get 20% off an annual Premium subscription.

  2. Amira Lozse
    Amira Lozse
    Ditë më parë

    fish that swallow swallow

  3. Philo-sophy
    Ditë më parë

    Imagine a fish using an iPad to learn from the waves and lights course to improve its hunting abilities 😂 Knowledge and understanding really does improve your general success in life.

  4. Mitchell Takechi
    Mitchell Takechi
    3 ditë më parë

    Look up blue planet 2 giant trevally if you want to see a bird eating fish. It’s probably pretty close

  5. Patrick Rose
    Patrick Rose
    3 ditë më parë

    Footage ? : )

  6. Arthas Menethil
    Arthas Menethil
    3 ditë më parë

    This reminds me of a funny story I once heard: I was talking to a farmer once and he once saw one of his chickens sitting in the lake (chickens usually dont like going into water but his would occasionally walk into the water to look for bugs and occasionally they'd just float around for awhile if they got in too deep) and he saw one of them suddenly got pulled under for a few seconds before popping back to the surface before flapping like crazy and scrambling back onto shore. He figures that it must have been tasted by a cat fish because a bass or a trout wouldnt have the power or weight to pull a chicken under the water like that, and once it realized the chicken wasn't a dead animal or another fish it let go of the bird.

  7. Edwin Huang
    Edwin Huang
    4 ditë më parë

    Next video: How to Catch a Human… If You’re a Fish

  8. Nicolai Veliki
    Nicolai Veliki
    4 ditë më parë

    So that's why I can't get coconuts? Tiger Fish are eating African Swallows?

  9. K. Moreno
    K. Moreno
    4 ditë më parë

    .... uh, I feel bad for those swallows and the songbirds that sharks eat. How could they ever expect this?

  10. Jay M
    Jay M
    4 ditë më parë

    Can you see a tiger fish fin-ishing a brilliant course.

  11. confusedwhale
    4 ditë më parë

    If it is an artificial lake, then introducing some pret fish for the tiger fish would be a good thing to do. Also, it would be important to get prey fish that would not damage the ecosystem surrounding the artificial lake in case anything escapes.

  12. James Runyon
    James Runyon
    5 ditë më parë

    African or European?

  13. Duane Samuelson
    Duane Samuelson
    5 ditë më parë

    Wels catfish in Spain lunge up onto shore to capture and eat ducks on shore

  14. Bad Monkey
    Bad Monkey
    6 ditë më parë

    Holy hell. Nature is bad ass

  15. Nira of Gallifrey
    Nira of Gallifrey
    6 ditë më parë

    Nom nom nom

  16. Rafael Cardozo
    Rafael Cardozo
    6 ditë më parë

    What's the average speed of a unlanden swallow?

  17. Joshua Spurgeon
    Joshua Spurgeon
    6 ditë më parë


  18. Aidan Or
    Aidan Or
    6 ditë më parë

    It makes me wonder why swallows don't fly higher.

  19. Christian Herrmann
    Christian Herrmann
    6 ditë më parë

    No images of the real birds and fish? No footage of the hunt?

  20. dmcepeda
    7 ditë më parë

    River Monsters dude caught a Tiger fish it looked terrifying

  21. Jr Mikulec
    Jr Mikulec
    7 ditë më parë

    Where did you get the map render you used to show the dam's location? It's beautiful

  22. S_EATER
    7 ditë më parë

    Giant Trevally do that too, but they look more cool than tiger fish, they even arrive on the shallows just in time for the fledgling chicks. They showed it on "Blue Planet II" with David Attenborough's sexy narration.

  23. Rebel Usa
    Rebel Usa
    7 ditë më parë

    Absolutely amazing

  24. Nightman Cometh
    Nightman Cometh
    7 ditë më parë

    Here's what you came to see: oh wait, they don't actually show a video of that, sorry.

  25. tracey adkins
    tracey adkins
    7 ditë më parë

    😳😱😳 OMG. They also get sad 😢😭 when we we fish their friends and family. Science said so. They might be conscious to some extent. Ahhhh. But they so yummy 😋🤤

  26. Xenarthra VRChat
    Xenarthra VRChat
    7 ditë më parë

    in a place in i think it was italy, catfish hunt pigeons so yea

  27. FakeUser NameTwo
    FakeUser NameTwo
    7 ditë më parë

    Eventually those fishes are just gonna decide to walk on land.

  28. huldu
    7 ditë më parë

    I was looking at the eagle and imagine it having a field day near that lake. Just let the fish come to you.

  29. B
    7 ditë më parë

    For the algorithm.

  30. Swiftcloud Cloud of swift
    Swiftcloud Cloud of swift
    7 ditë më parë

    When pray fights back

  31. nicklas sivén
    nicklas sivén
    7 ditë më parë

    Clickbait title - fish can't read..........

  32. Andres Vazquez
    Andres Vazquez
    7 ditë më parë

    Make a video to show fish how to use ALfirst and find this video

  33. MCMLXIable
    7 ditë më parë

    This could put the tiger-fish in danger as the fish eagle is very common throughout sub Saharan Africa.

  34. Vee Dragon
    Vee Dragon
    7 ditë më parë

    ofc it's Tigerfish

  35. Randy James
    Randy James
    7 ditë më parë

    A fish going birding. Nice.

    1. Jerry Frometa
      Jerry Frometa
      7 ditë më parë

      Thanks for the comment

  36. The Hungry Physicist
    The Hungry Physicist
    7 ditë më parë

    Fascinating! First they learn how to compensate for water refraction... then they start fashioning bone and beak tools.... then they make fire....

    1. Jerry Frometa
      Jerry Frometa
      7 ditë më parë

      Thanks for the comment

    7 ditë më parë

    Open Now "Tigerfish School of advance refraction study and Postgraduation in Swallow technique"

  38. MrAB2357
    8 ditë më parë

    I was recently considering turning into a fish (for personal reasons) but I really liked eating birds, so I was concerned about giving that up. So this video came just in the nick of time. Thanks Scishow!

    1. Jerry Frometa
      Jerry Frometa
      7 ditë më parë

      Thanks for the comment

  39. John Austin
    John Austin
    8 ditë më parë

    I have seen on film of Tigerfish eating Birds in the Congo River.

  40. TLo137
    8 ditë më parë

    Wait wtf, I scrolled down to comments before the video started just to read the jokes. But then I scrolled up and it wasn't Hank. This dude was talking for like a full 30 seconds and I didn't even know it wasn't Hank.

  41. staysic
    8 ditë më parë

    The fish that compensated for refraction got it's course from Brilliant and now you can too 😜

  42. Sergio Gomez
    Sergio Gomez
    8 ditë më parë

    south Africa im never going back to south Africa

  43. James Paul
    James Paul
    8 ditë më parë

    Sometimes, I like to Fill UP my Bathtub with Milk, lay in the Fetal Position and pretend that I'm a Cheerio.

  44. Gregory Friedman
    Gregory Friedman
    8 ditë më parë

    since when was Hank asian???

  45. Abu Bahu
    Abu Bahu
    8 ditë më parë

    Does SciShow have a mandatory hand talking policy?

  46. Jack Hammer
    Jack Hammer
    8 ditë më parë

    That’s so wild.

  47. metamorphicorder
    8 ditë më parë

    Archerfish solved this problem too. They are able to project s stream of water from their heads with such force that it breaks the surface, and can knock small insects off the vegetation overhanging the water.

  48. Nicole K
    Nicole K
    8 ditë më parë

    The refraction is less of an effect, the greater the angle subtended between line of sight and the water surface. Attacking from deeper reduces this angle resulting in a greater success rate. Angler fish, by the way, have solved the problem of attacking insects from near the surface.

  49. Evil Sharkey
    Evil Sharkey
    8 ditë më parë

    So they’ve learned the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

  50. Downeaster MaineUSA
    Downeaster MaineUSA
    8 ditë më parë

    This was a sales video. To see the real footage buy their product. Sorta like Timeshare sales.

  51. K OBrien
    K OBrien
    8 ditë më parë

    If an eagle gets eaten by a fish, I don't think that stupid eagle deserves to breed. Survival of the fittest, not dumb birds that get caught by fish.😋

    1. K OBrien
      K OBrien
      6 ditë më parë

      @Plus Any bird that gets eaten by shark, I will give a 'pass', fair enough.

    2. Plus
      6 ditë më parë

      But what if it was a big ass shark ? They're fishes too, after all.

  52. Guang Ning
    Guang Ning
    8 ditë më parë


  53. Jakob Rosenqvist
    Jakob Rosenqvist
    8 ditë më parë

    European pike eats baby ducks on a regular basis.

  54. Musabium Akdağ
    Musabium Akdağ
    8 ditë më parë

    Can you add a Turkish subtitle option? please

  55. Christopher G
    Christopher G
    8 ditë më parë

    "The early bird, gets the worm." "The early fish, gets the bird."

    1. A D
      A D
      8 ditë më parë

      Show up late and do your thing as a normal human being when all the animals have eaten each other.

  56. Edze Jan de Haan
    Edze Jan de Haan
    8 ditë më parë

    There is another difficulty for fish swimming just below the surface; higher water resistance, making for slower swimming.

  57. theduke ofweasels
    theduke ofweasels
    8 ditë më parë

    I read the thumbnail as trigger fish instead of tiger fish and I thought it was gonna be that one that hunts insects with a jet of water but large enough to take down a bird!

  58. Hugh Mann
    Hugh Mann
    8 ditë më parë

    imagine being a bird and losing to FISH....

  59. Freddo Flintstono
    Freddo Flintstono
    8 ditë më parë

    What puzzles me is what they do afterwards. How do they, er, swallow?

  60. ꧁꧅ìꦧ꧀ꦖì꧅꧂
    8 ditë më parë

    . Just wit till you see the goliath tigerfish

  61. Amit das
    Amit das
    8 ditë më parë

    Nice 👌

  62. Nate Jansen
    Nate Jansen
    8 ditë më parë

    What do you mean it's not evolved to catch birds? Those teeth look like a bird cage to me.

  63. レイリー Reylee
    レイリー Reylee
    8 ditë më parë

    Stefan needs to teach the fishes how to sign up for NordVPN 1st to access Brilliant from their SA lake.

  64. P DaPhuuLz
    P DaPhuuLz
    8 ditë më parë

    Give the fish a bird, the fish is full for a day. Teaching the fish physics....

  65. twocvbloke
    8 ditë më parë

    When you're hungry, you'll find food wherever you can, even if it's flying through the air... :P

  66. Chris Jager
    Chris Jager
    8 ditë më parë

    Does it seem fishy that a fish could swallow a swallow?

  67. Matt Cook
    Matt Cook
    8 ditë më parë

    Couldn't get any footage?

  68. Mojos Bigstick
    Mojos Bigstick
    8 ditë më parë

    Do they develop the same eye modifications as archer fish?

  69. Steven Carreon
    Steven Carreon
    8 ditë më parë

    Trevally says Hi!

  70. Harold Fairshare
    Harold Fairshare
    8 ditë më parë

    When the birds are gone they will prey on gazelles.

  71. key_v
    8 ditë më parë

    Only this channel could suggest a brilliant class for fish and make it make sense.

  72. EchoeOne
    8 ditë më parë

    What a segue to the sponsor message 🤣

  73. Marco Pohl
    Marco Pohl
    8 ditë më parë

    I'm now convinced that everything with tiger in its name is born crazy!

  74. Jeff Miller
    Jeff Miller
    8 ditë më parë

    Interesting that they don't stock the lake with natural prey.

  75. Shawna Burt
    Shawna Burt
    8 ditë më parë

    Oh, god, fish eating birds is just so _wrong_ and _backwards._

  76. Dr Fill
    Dr Fill
    8 ditë më parë

    Simple solution- just get the tiger fish to eat the Eagles! "Welcome to the hotel Calif..... AAARGH!"

  77. Not to Scale
    Not to Scale
    8 ditë më parë

    super smooth segway

  78. Life Of Boba
    Life Of Boba
    8 ditë më parë

    once when my friends were talking and one of them said a joke everyone else were laughing. I didnt get it but i still laughed why did i laugh at something i didnt get it?

  79. Clay Soggyfries
    Clay Soggyfries
    8 ditë më parë

    Evolution man

  80. terramir
    8 ditë më parë

    What ever happened to olivia???? Bring her back!!!

  81. lil Snap
    lil Snap
    8 ditë më parë

    Fish watching this video like 👁 👄 👁

  82. Mr. Black
    Mr. Black
    8 ditë më parë

    This is the kind of stuff that jumpstarts rapid evolution. 3 times the pressure on hunting, increased pressure from predation, and a noticeable margin in success between individuals fron which natural selection can select victors. I would not be surprised if, a few decades or so down the line, this population develops significant divergence from the average norm in adaptation to the push towards hunting non aquatic prey, such as better eyes, and more effective surface water camouflage to prevent prey from seeing them before they lunge. Perhaps their teeth might become more suited for handling birds, like being sharper and more curved.they may even reduce in size to compensate for the less abundant food and need to lunge from the water to catch prey, as a lighter fish can jump higher.

  83. aldousd666
    8 ditë më parë

    Ok, Stefan, the transition from subject to advertisement was the smoothest and most relevant I've seen yet. And, l have seen a lot, even on this channel. Bravo.

  84. Real
    8 ditë më parë

    River Monsters had the Tiger fish on multiple episodes because it's so nasty. Just a tremendously dangerous fish.

  85. Egill Vanadisson
    Egill Vanadisson
    8 ditë më parë

    Flying fish when?

  86. Colonel Banana
    Colonel Banana
    8 ditë më parë

    How the tables have turned.

  87. Tumblejack
    8 ditë më parë

    those birds are so damn fast too

  88. Ross Co
    Ross Co
    8 ditë më parë

    Giant Trevelly do the same 👌🏼 but with seabirds and out in the open ocean

  89. Julie Love
    Julie Love
    8 ditë më parë

    Tiger's aren't the only fish that hunt birds. Catfish all over the world will prey on birds also!

  90. Barney Rubble
    Barney Rubble
    8 ditë më parë

    Predation from eagles doesn't sound like a bad thing, however if they start luring in and ganging up on eagles then that might be a problem. But humans can just introduce prey fish to stop this.

  91. Jassy Toribio
    Jassy Toribio
    8 ditë më parë


  92. Anik Samiur Rahman
    Anik Samiur Rahman
    8 ditë më parë

    Yah, Tigerfish subscribing to brilliant.

  93. rockets4kids
    8 ditë më parë

    Do you swallow? Tigerfish: yes.

  94. JP
    8 ditë më parë

    Bird: haha I can fly and you can't do anything about it Fish: eats the bird mocking him To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  95. Rob W
    Rob W
    8 ditë më parë

    They ate 300 swallows. Were they African swallows, or European swalliws, and were they carrying coconuts?

  96. Patrick Hudson
    Patrick Hudson
    8 ditë më parë

    "hey light, Get Bent!"

  97. m. alonto
    m. alonto
    8 ditë më parë

    Tigerfish to Archerfish: "can i copy your answer to our physics homework on 'refraction'...?"

  98. Daniel Staal
    Daniel Staal
    8 ditë më parë

    I'm impressed that you correctly used a Fish Eagle image instead of a Bald Eagle image.

  99. Partha Pratim Saha
    Partha Pratim Saha
    8 ditë më parë

    The eagle is just getting revenge for it's bro fallen in combat.

  100. FIRE STORM 3692
    FIRE STORM 3692
    8 ditë më parë

    WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY, how does it feel when they catch you? - joker fish