NOV 12, 2019 4:09 PM PST

Triggerfish Are Lobsters' Worst Enemies

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Lobsters, just like many other animals, follow migration patterns. They are often observed traveling in large packs, marching in straight lines across the barren seafloor. At first glance, these straight lines seem like a simple way to prevent wandering from the crowd, but as it turns out, traveling this way provides a number of advantages including energy conservation and predation avoidance.

In case you didn’t know, traveling in such a way reduces the drag on individual lobsters by up to 50% while moving, but there’s also power in numbers, and this also prevents predators like hungry triggerfish from pecking away at the otherwise defenseless lobsters.

In the video above, we witness a lone lobster that appears to have broken away from the pack. A hungry triggerfish closes in on the opportunity to grab a quick bite, and the lobster raises its spiky antennae in an attempt to ward the predator off. Sadly, it doesn’t work.

The triggerfish disarms the lobster’s spiky antenna, and with no defenses left, the lobster is easy picking. The triggerfish begins by ripping the lobster’s limbs off, one by one, until there aren’t any left. Once the legs are gone, nearby fish begin munching on the remains, and this includes the body’s shell itself.

What a slow and brutal to go…

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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