If you've never seen a Chinese Giant Salamander turn its mouth into a vacuum to slurp up its prey, or watched an archer fish take insects out of the air by firing little water grenades from below the surface, or beheld the veiled chameleon's alien purple tongue as it leaps out to snag a meal, you're in luck: Wired's Nadia Drake has combed YouTube for the best slo-mo videos of animals catching their prey, and put together a video gallery for your edification and enjoyment. Check it out here.
When studying animal behaviors, biologists generally have to wait for something to happen — either for an animal to do something, or for one animal to provoke another. Alternatively, they could use robot animals, tempting them with sexy fembots, mama-bots or tasty prey.
From Washington University: “Fish Genitalia May Balance Attractiveness with Predatory Escape.”
The scientists found that female mosquitofish prefer the well-endowed male. Unfortunately for the males, larger genitalia impede a speedy getaway, making them more likely to be eaten by predators. Sometimes, you just can’t win.