What? You thought we ran out of cannibalism stories? Nah….
Many fish indiscriminately cannibalize each other during foraging behavior. Fish produce large numbers of tiny young, and adults exhibit about as much individual recognition of their offspring as humans do for a handful of raisins. Fish eggs, larvae, and juveniles are easily available, nutrient-rich meals, and with thousands of eggs in a clutch, plenty are still available to hatch after the adults have snacked.
Baby fish aren’t just at risk of being cannibalized by adults—siblings eat each other too.
For more cannibalistic creatures, check out the TED-Ed Lesson Cannibalism in the animal kingdom – Bill Schutt
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