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Arapaima Feeding at the Tennessee Aquarium

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In this video, shot by staff photographer Todd Stailey, you'll go behind the scenes at the Tennessee Aquarium with aquarist Ben Stenger to feed the prehistoric-looking Arapaima (Arapaima gigas).
This species is the largest fish that is found strictly in fresh water. The arapaima is very unique among fish— it can breathe air! They have a very primitive lung. They can take up oxygen through their gills also but they typically live in oxygen-poor waterways and supplement with air breathing. The arapaima is a fierce and stealthy predator. They feed on the surface of the water and will even jump out of the water and grab birds, lizards and small primates from low-hanging branches. Tennessee Aquarium visitors can see arapaima in the new River Giants exhibit.
Learn more about these amazing fish at: http://www.tnaqua.org/OurAnimals/Fishes/Arapaima.aspx

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Cosmic Ehrhart . 2016-05-05
What big babies ; w ; I love them...
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mubarak zahari . 2014-06-10
F*** off!!! Dont see the arapaima!!!
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Muhamad Asyraf . 2012-10-20
Whats the food you gave them?
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ArtisanTony . 2012-04-17
Cool! You need to get Mark Craven on video sometime :)
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