The incredible precision of the spitting fish

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  • BBC World, @bbc_ciencia

When it spots its prey, it aims, shoots and waits.

This expert spitting fish shoots its deadly jets of water at small insects, which fall from leaves or branches near the surface of the water and are devoured by the hunter.

The archerfish technique has been filmed and studied in detail by a team of scientists showing that as the fish create each spurt, they modify the flow of water during the cast to fine-tune their aim.

image source, Matthew Oldfield SPL


The archerfish shoots its spit at small insects that are out of the water.

And they do this by changing the opening of the mouth.

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