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Old 28 October 2007, 07:14 AM
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Yow! Swallower fish that tried to eat a 3-foot snake fish

A fisherman found a fish in waters off the South Coast of Grand Cayman that had swallowed another fish more than four times its size.



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Old 28 October 2007, 06:06 PM
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It looks like he'd have managed it, too, if not for the bigger fishes' pointy nose. I'd imagine the dynamics of the throat-sac are a little different in the water.
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Old 28 October 2007, 10:16 PM
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If you read the article, you see that the larger fish's head is only out because the stomach was cut to show it.
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Old 28 October 2007, 11:07 PM
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If you read the article, you see that the larger fish's head is only out because the stomach was cut to show it.
Not that it's important but where did you read that? The article I see says nothing like that.
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Old 28 October 2007, 11:10 PM
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Not that it's important but where did you read that? The article I see says nothing like that.
Oops - I had assumed it was the same article that I had read before this thread was posted. Well, that's what I read in the other article. It gave no cause of death - stomachache, maybe?
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Old 29 October 2007, 12:48 AM
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It gave no cause of death - stomachache, maybe?

I don't know but neither of them look very happy.
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Old 29 October 2007, 12:53 AM
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Isn't that a tabloid?
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Old 29 October 2007, 01:17 AM
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A fisherman found a fish in waters off the South Coast of Grand Cayman that had swallowed another fish more than four times its size.



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1811
It seems he bit off more than he could chew.
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Old 31 October 2007, 07:35 PM
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Odd, one would thing the natural response would be to run away from bigger fish, not attempt to swallow them whole. Something's fishy here...
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Old 31 October 2007, 08:18 PM
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Odd, one would thing the natural response would be to run away from bigger fish, not attempt to swallow them whole. Something's fishy here...

But if it's used to eating much larger fish then that's probably not the case.

According to Wiki, the black swallower can swallow fish up to 3 times it's size so it may have been able to handle a 22.5 inch fish.

Looks like a case of bad judgement on the Swallower's part.
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Old 31 October 2007, 09:27 PM
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Isn't that a tabloid?
Yes, but "tabloid" doesn't mean the same thing here as it does in the USA - it refers to the size*; they're still proper newspapers, albeit traditionally the more downmarket ones. They do (or are supposed to, anyway) fact check, and they wouldn't make up a story about a fish unless it was a celebrity fish or somehow implicated in the death of Diana.

Which is to say that being in a tabloid doesn't count against it as such.

The Guardian runs an "unsettling animal picture of the week" (or occasionally some other variant on animal pictures) on Saturdays - I bet this one crops up there this week...

*Actually that's not quite true - most UK newspapers are now tabloid-sized, even the traditionally upmarket ones such as The Times and The Independent. "Tabloid" used in your sense does mean a downmarket newspaper, but it doesn't mean "The Weekly World News" style; the only paper over here that approximates to that is The Sunday Sport, I think.
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Old 31 October 2007, 11:36 PM
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It looks as though the Snake Mackerel is long and thin, so that to the Great Swallower it would appear to be a smaller fish (note that is also a deep water fish so visibility is severely limited), but even the head of the mackerel looks bigger than the swallower.
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By the angle of the Swallowers teeth I'm wondering how easy it is for it to change it's mind after starting on a vicitm. It seems like once the victim is in far enough it would be pretty tough for the Swallower to back it out.
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Old 01 November 2007, 08:02 PM
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It looks as though the Snake Mackerel is long and thin, so that to the Great Swallower it would appear to be a smaller fish (note that is also a deep water fish so visibility is severely limited), but even the head of the mackerel looks bigger than the swallower.
That is typical for the Great Swallower, however - hence the name. In the very deep waters it lives in, it has to be ready to take any food that comes its way - alive or dead, tiny or surprisingly large. That Swallower probably would not have eaten for many months if he had been able to survive the meal - many snakes will wait that long after a very large meal.
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