Wait until Henri finds out that French fish are taking to the land! He’ll have more ennui than ever, that’s for sure. If he thought Halloween was ridiculous, this will put him over the edge.
Take a gander at this video of catfish beaching themselves for some fresh squab. French food really is that special.
In Southwestern France, a group of fish have learned how to kill birds. As the River Tarn winds through the city of Albi, it contains a small gravel island where pigeons gather to clean and bathe. And patrolling the island are European catfish—1 to 1.5 metres long, and the largest freshwater fish on the continent. These particular catfish have taken to lunging out of the water, grabbing a pigeon, and then wriggling back into the water to swallow their prey. In the process, they temporarily strand themselves on land for a few seconds.
Other aquatic hunters strand themselves in a similar way, including bottlenose dolphins from South Carolina, which drive small fish onto beaches, and Argentinian killer whales, which swim onto beaches to snag resting sea lions. The behaviour of the Tarn catfishes is so similar that Julien Cucherousset from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse describes them as “freshwater killer whales”.
When asked for comment, Henri had this to say, “Ce poisson n’est pas un chat. C’est absurde.”