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Gone Fishing: How an Africa Fish Eagle picks up fish with its bare talons

March 12, 2013

Have you ever tried to pick up a live fish with your bare hands? It’s not an easy task, let me tell you! Now imagine soaring through the air, dipping down to the water, snatching up a live fish while it’s thrashing about, and holding onto it long enough to land gracefully on the nearest perch. I could never do that, could you?


Here’s an Africa Fish Eagle what it does every day: 

The African Fish Eagle is able to do this with ease, while you or I would likely never succeed, because it has structures on its toes called spiricules that allows it to grasp fish and other slippery prey. If a fish eagle catches a fish that is too heavy, it will drag the fish across the surface of the water to the shore or even paddle to shore with its wings.


Read more about the amazing Fish Eagle


By Bridget Conneely

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