A crew from Planet Earth III, a BBC nature documentary series, spent five weeks in the Raja Ampat mangrove habitat of Indonesia attempting to capture video of the exotic fish species known as the archerfish.
The archerfish has a unique hunting style in which it shoots down prey sitting on limbs hanging over the water, and its accuracy is quite incredible with its built-in “water pistol.”
Simply put, it spits at its targets.
“They can spit water very, very accurately and knock down insects, crabs, snails—anything they can see on the mangroves,” cameraman Mitch Buckley stated in the BBC Earth video that shows proof. “They see something that looks a bit different like a bracelet or a red thing on a camera or the whites of your eye and they have a go.”
It was Buckley who got struck right in the eye.
One commenter on YouTube called the video “cute and funny.” And it is, especially this bit of commentary stated in the video: “He’s made a crucial mistake while in the presence of archerfish. He’s forgotten to look down.”