Our lab staff have been hard at work analyzing the foraging behavior of the fish we filmed last summer using VidSync. Below are some key results from the first several videos we’ve analyzed. Ultimately we will be using detailed statistics that summarize these data for testing our models, but the visuals below give a nice sense for the pattern of prey detection by each fish.
The yellow dots indicate the estimated position of a possible prey item, relative to the fish, when the fish first detected it. The ‘x’ axis points directly downstream and the ‘z’ axis points straight upward. The length scales are very different for the different videos, but you can judge the distances to the detection positions in terms of the body length of the fish. The Chinook salmon were roughly around 5 cm long, the dolly varden 15 cm, and the grayling 45 cm.
It’s easier to watch all the videos below at higher resolution in their Youtube playlist.
Juvenile Chinook salmon
Note: Most viewers can ignore the numbers (“Dolly Varden 4″, etc). They’re just internal reference numbers we use to keep track of objects in the videos. The “4” doesn’t mean we had 4 fish in the video; just that the fish was the 4th object we digitized.