Most interesting hunting strategies in the animal kingdom

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Archerfish

To knock insects on low-hanging leaves into the water, the archerfish shoots them with a precisely aimed fountain of spit, then swims over to retrieve the new meal.

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Amazonian Giant Centipede

From its perch on a cave ceiling, this foot-long insect uses venomous claws to stab passing bats, paralyzing them. Once its prey is lying still, the centipede can devour a whole bat in 60 minutes.

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Mantis Shrimp

Wielding the fastest punch in the animal kingdom‚ its clubbed arms reach speeds of 50 mph‚ the mantis shrimp maims its prey with only a few blows.

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Trap-Door Spider

The trap-door spider hides in a tunnel behind a camouflaged door of twigs and leaves. When an unsuspecting insect walks nearby, the spider reaches out and pulls it into the tunnel to eat.

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Dragonfish

Most creatures in the deep sea can only see blue light; the dragonfish sees red, a wavelength of light it emits from an organ under its eye. Call it nature’s infrared: With the red light, the dragonfish is able to leave its prey in the dark as it searches its surroundings.

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Tentacled Water Snake

Fish reflexively turn and swim in the opposite direction when they sense a disturbance in the water. The tentacled water snake positions itself with its tail on one side of a fish and its head on the other. When the snake flicks its tail, the fish swims straight into its mouth.

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Killer Whale

After driving a shark towards the surface, killer whales stun it with a swift smack. Since sharks enter a state of paralysis when upside down, the whales grab the shark and flip it over, turning a deadly enemy into an easy dinner.

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Plethodont Salamander

To grab a quick meal, this salamander can propel its sticky tongue forward at speeds of over 15 mph, thanks to a ballistic projection mechanism that launches the tongue outward faster than muscle alone could.

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Electric Eel

Nature’s answer to the Taser, the electric eel can stun its prey with shocks of up to 600 volts.

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Humpback Whale

After herding a school of fish towards the surface, groups of humpback whales blow rings of bubbles around the fish, trapping them. With their prey caught in a bubble net, the whales simply lunge upward with their mouths open, gobbling as many fish as they can.

Read more: Top Animal Predators – Predators in the Animal Kingdom – Popular Mechanics
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