WFN's Top Catches: Octopus Eats Seagull, The Horror of Jumping Sturgeon, Peeing Swimmers Killing Fish

With more wild stories than a tell-all book about the Kardashian family, here’s another installment of the incredible WFN’s Top Catches!


Fly Fishing…in Baghdad??

Let’s face it, when you think about fly fishing, the capital city of Iraq probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Even less so, the waters that surround the palace that used to be the home of former dictator Saddam Hussein. But for the last few years, a group of American soldiers stationed in Baghdad have been using these waters as a place to teach and learn fly fishing. The water is filled with many exotic species of fish, including giant manger, asp, shaboot, and stinging catfish. You’ve gotta hand it to these brave soldiers for taking part in such an activity, even in one of the most dangerous parts of the world.

The Unlucky Seagull

Nature can be a cruel, cruel mistress, and this incredible story from Victoria, B.C., perfectly illustrates this fact. While walking along Ogden’s point, an amateur photographer happened to glance into the water, and was shocked to see a struggling seagull being consumed by a Pacific octopus. The gull’s head was fully inside the octopus’ mouth, and it struggled valiantly, flapping its wings in a desperate attempt to escape. Eventually, however, the octopus managed to pull the bird underwater to its doom. There are several photos of this amazing event that you really have to see to believe.

Watch Out for Those Sturgeon!

At first glance, the above video by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is your standard warning about the dangers of jumping sturgeon. You see clips of sturgeon leaping out of the water, as a narrator cautions the viewer to be careful while boating. And then, as the video nears its end, a sturgeon leaps toward the left side of the frame, and several screams of horror are heard. It’s a bit morbid, but also very funny.


Urine Trouble Now

This story from Hamburg, Germany might leave some readers feeling…well, a little P.O’d. Approximately 500 dead fish were recently found in Eichbaum Lake, and experts are blaming the deaths on the high content of urine in the water. Where is this urine coming from? Why, the swimmers and bathers, of course. As of right now, the lake is closed to swimmers while scientists try to gather more information.

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