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Archerfish : Bullseye

Archerfish (Toxotes spp.) are – how to put this politely? – small, kind of unremarkable- and certainly inoffensive-looking fish of tropical Asia. So why are they so (relatively) famous? Famous enough that the US Navy got into the habit of naming submarines after them. There can’t be that many people who don’t know exactly what makes archerfish special – the clue’s in the name, after all.

The trick these fish are pulling off looks kind of simple at first glance. But, as with everything in Nature, there’s more going on than meets the eye. Time to incorporate some (very gentle, very simple) physics into the Wild Episode, and enjoy the modest wonder that is the archerfish’s water-based machine gun …


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Hit the View Post button for film of the awesomely cool coelacanth (really quite soothing to watch, I promise!), and links to much more info on this legendary fish …