Trail cameras show Florida herons eating aggressive fish

Trail camera video shared by Florida wildlife officials shows the heron walking with a Weird-looking “armored” fish Hanging from their lips, and there’s a reason the animals don’t seem familiar.

They are an invasive species, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports.

“Check out this fascinating footage from an FWC trail camera near Naples … of a heron with a freshly caught armored sailfin catfish, a … species endemic to the Amazon base,” FWC said in a Facebook post.

“Eight days later, the camera caught a familiar sight as a heron crossed paths with another armored sailfin catfish.”

Naples is on Florida’s Gulf Coast, 165 miles south of Tampa.

Trail camera videos shared by Florida wildlife officials show herons walking around with a strange-looking “armored” fish in their mouths, and there’s a reason the creatures don’t seem familiar. Facebook video screengrab

The videos show that nature may be finding ways to deal with pesky species – which seem more intimidating than hungry.

Sailfin catfish There is a “worm-like pattern”. They have on their heads, spoon-shaped teeth and “rows of bony plates all but their stomachs,” the FWC reports. They grow to about 20 inches and can weigh 3 pounds.

The species was discovered in Florida waters in the 1950s, and state researchers have long known that something was eating them, as “lifeless and sacrificial ‘armored’ carcasses are sometimes seen along canals and lake shores.”

there Three species The invasive “suckermouth catfish” in Florida and according to the Florida Museum they differ only in color pattern. They are believed to have moved to Florida after escaping or being released from there Fish Farm and Aquarium Owners, The state says

The state’s trail camera videos have been viewed more than 5,000 times and received hundreds of reactions and comments, including Cheer up Birds want to eat more catfish. Some have even noticed that deer are running — as if proud of Catch them.

“Hopefully a bird finds the egg and likes the taste, let them find and eat all the bubble nests,” a man Post.

This story was originally published by January 17, 2023 at 10:01 am

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in journalism and art history and a minor in geology.

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