Juvenile tomtate are initially aggregating close to reef after an attack prior to this video sequence. A black sea bass then attacks the prey aggregation from along the reef edge. Two subsequent attacks by young-of-the-year great barracuda occur from above and then inside the aggregation. Note the black sea bass remains vigilante for prey while inside the vase sponge at the reef edge. The video sequence ends as the prey aggregation rises above the reef to positions that are considered "normal" under reduced threat of predation and to enhance planktivory. Video from Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary on 28 May, 2011.
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Publication date: 14 March 2013