Monkfish, photo/Wikimedia. reports that scientists are studying the monkfish’s ability to catch—and eat—small Arctic seabirds known as dovekies. It appears that the diminutive birds frequently turn up in stomach samples taken from these bottom-dwelling fish, which lure prey to their doom via an antenna-like “lure” on their head.

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“…scientists with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and the United States Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center tagged monkfish to study their movements, and found that, on occasions, goosefish in fact will swim up to near-surface waters at night—either to spawn or to take advantage of ocean currents they use to migrate onshore or offshore. It is unlikely that they actively seek out dovekies when they do so, but rather that the birds, diving for their food, are attracted by the fishes’ lures and swim to their doom. In other words, for dovekies it’s a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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