Two Red Sea fish species help each other hunting

This video is called Shark attacked and eaten by giant moray eel.

Plectropomus pessuliferus grouper

By Frans B. M. de Waal, in PLoS Biology:

The article describes the astonishing discovery of coordinated hunting between groupers (Plectropomus pessuliferus) and giant moray eels (Gymnothorax javanicus) in the Red Sea.

These two species make a perfectly complementary pair.

The moray eel can enter crevices in the coral reef, whereas the grouper hunts in open waters around the reef.

Prey can escape from the grouper by hiding in a crevice and from the moray eel by leaving the reef, but prey has nowhere to go if hunted by a combination of these two predators.

The article offers a description and accompanying videos, such as the one showing a grouper and eel swimming side by side as if they are good friends on a stroll.

Twenty grouper species threatened with extinction: here.

Deadly sophistication seen in trout-eel hunting partnership: the coral trout’s collaborative skills rival those of the much bigger-brained chimp, scientists say: here.

Cooperation Among Predatory Animals – Biology Part 6: here.

Norway helps endangered eel wriggle from fish nets: here.

9 thoughts on “Two Red Sea fish species help each other hunting

  1. Hi ryanB, did you see groupers and moray eels individually? Or did you also see them helping each other, as described in the blog post? And “31st of april 2009” does not exist, so that was another day.


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