Nov. 27, 2020

SUFB 1087: Fish Stalking Box Crabs For Food...But It's Not What You Think

SUFB 1087: Fish Stalking Box Crabs For Food...But It's Not What You Think

Sometimes you need a little help if you are an Ocean predator that is always seeking food. The Ocean can be a hard place to find breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some animals are able to find their meal on their own. Others will latch themselves on...


Sometimes you need a little help if you are an Ocean predator that is always seeking food. The Ocean can be a hard place to find breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some animals are able to find their meal on their own. Others will latch themselves on another animal to feed off of them. And in the case of today's episode, some animals turn to stalk another animal in order to drum up some food. 

A researcher was studying box crabs while SCUBA diving on the Caribbean Sea when he noticed something quite peculiar in more than one instance. Razorfish and flounder were stalking box crabs, but not to eat them. They just wanted the animals that the box crabs would displace from the sand as they were moving through an area. The fish would scare the crabs to keep them moving to get more food. If the box crab stopped, the fish would get closer pretending to be their predator. 

The box crab would continue to quickly get away drumming up some more food as it escaped. 

The Ocean can be interesting at times...

Link To Article:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/caribbean-box-crabs-have-stalkers/

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