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Large needlefish nearly bitten in half by a blacktip reef shark.

Needlefish (aka long toms) are piscivorous fish (meaning they primarily eat other fish) with very shallow marine habitats, never swimming deeper than a few feet from the surface of the sea.

Needlefish are capable of making short jumps out of the water at up to 37mph (60kph). Since these fish like to swim near the surface, the often leap over shallow-decked boats rather than going around.

This jumping activity is greatly excited by artificial light at night; night fisherman and divers in areas across the Pacific Ocean have been “attacked” by schools of suddenly excited needlefish diving across the water towards the light source at high speed.

Their sharp beaks are capable of inflicting deep puncture wounds, often breaking off inside the victim in the process.

For many traditional Pacific Islander communities, who primarily fish on reefs from low boats, needlefish represent an even greater risk of injury than sharks.

Each year, there are multiple human fatalities attributed to the needlefish – wikipedia

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