'Water squirting' Common Lionfish

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 28 Feb 2012

This video is quite amazing.  It shows an unusual feeding strategy employed by Common Lionfish.

A Common Lionfish at 'Steve's Bommie'

A Common Lionfish at 'Steve's Bommie'
Photographer: Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

The video starts with fish feeding in the wild, then moves into the lab where blue dye is squirted in front of a fish to show water movements.

Current theory suggests that the movement of water 'overwhelms' the prey's lateral line.

The Common Lionfish, Pterois volitans, has been introduced into the Atlantic Ocean where it has become a serious environmental problem.

View more information on the Science AAAS site.
View the movie on YouTube.

Tags fishes, ichthyology, huffing, puffing, Common Lionfish, Pterois volitans, Scorpaenidae, water, squirting,