A prehistoric predicament repeats itself in The Netherlands! See it for yourself in our Paleo Hall

January 31, 2013

Dutch anglers were all a-titter earlier this year after a man found a dead pike with a zander stuffed inside its mouth, apparently killed by its own appetite:

BBC image of modern-day fish aspiration

The story was picked up by the BBC (you can read the full article here) and struck one of our fans, Emma Baldwin, as being a little bit familiar.

She recognized the modern-day scenario — of a fish dying in an attempt to swallow a fish of nearly the  same size — because it is depicted in our Morian Hall of Paleontology!

Check out this Mioplosus on display in the President’s Select section of the Paleo Hall. It choked swallowing a Diplomystus:

Fish AspirationIt’s a good lesson: Don’t let your eyes food be bigger than your stomach.

Authored By Caroline Gallay

Caroline was the Digital Media Editor at HMNS from 2012 to 2013. She was responsible for telling the Museum’s story online. You could find Caroline on the site profiling characters around the museum and making sure you knew what the what was going on around this crazy/awesome place.

One response to “A prehistoric predicament repeats itself in The Netherlands! See it for yourself in our Paleo Hall”

  1. Lana Hand says:

    Thank you for sharing this fascinating story. It is a good example of patterns/nature repeating throughout history. When I was young and didn’t understand why we had to study about “the past” and the teacher/professors would give me an answer that tied past, present and future, I would just smile and bear it. As I matured, of course life revealed the wisdom of history to me. I realize now that I was always fascinated with the stories, but stuggled to keep such great time spans and dates sorted correctly in my memory. I keep outlined references handy and I love to make use of time lines in many reference books. Whether I am watching current news, historical documentaries, movies, etc., I can refer to my historical resources for clarification and verifcation of facts. The HMNS has helped inspire me to learn and appreciate much about my own life and the world/universe throughout time. Thank you to all who are part of its wonderful success! Houston is blessed to have this resource and so much more. Lana Hand

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