Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

A Fish-Eye View of a Bird Attack

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This streaming video shows what it looks like to be a fish attacked by a kingfisher — from the fish’s point of view [0:23]


  1. #1 Russell
    February 17, 2009

    That is so cool!

  2. #2 MartinDH
    February 17, 2009

    Did the fish get away or is that another one in the waning seconds of the clip?


  3. #3 "GrrlScientist"
    February 17, 2009

    the first fish was caught by the kingfisher, and then a second fish wandered into camera view.

  4. #4 pjb
    February 17, 2009

    It’s neat how the bird compensates for the light refraction. Even from below, it looks like the bird is going to miss until it hits the water. Then it appears to change direction instantly and you realize it was dead on the whole time.

  5. #5 Bob O'H
    February 17, 2009

    I’m amused by the way the second fish turns up, wondering what the hell just happened. “Bob, Bob. Where are you? Oh well, must have wandered off. I’ll see him later, I suppose”

  6. #6 Kevin K
    February 17, 2009

    Of course, for those of us who favor the fish’s perspective, this video encourages the viewpoint that birds are an evil menace…

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