Avery Island Wildlife - pam-and-edmund-mcilhenny

When catching such a large fish, especially a catfish, the Great Blue Heron typically first tries to get the fish onto a patch of relatively dry ground. It then spends several minutes dropping the fish, swirling it around in the mud, picking it up again, etc. We have read that the purpose of this behavior is to make sure the fish's spine is broken and that the fish is really dead. Apparently, swallowing a live catfish is likely to be one's last meal.

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