December 28th, 2007

Nyctanassa violacea

We watched this Yellow-crowned night-heron
from the porch of the condo on Longboat Key...also many jumping mullet fish

Why do mullet jump?
Over the years there have been numerous theories concerning the leaping of mullet. There seems to be two categories of leaping: predator avoidance and aerial respiration.
Leaping to avoid predators usually involves more than one fish jumping simultaneously, retaining an upright posture and entering the water cleanly.
The second type of leaping involves a single fish that does a slower, shorter leap, often flipping onto its side or even onto its back. They may also roll at the surface or move with their head above the water.