Holy Slingjaw Wrasse and the power of twitter

OK I am now a bit blown away by twitter.

“Peter Wainwright showed this crazy slingjaw wrasse video in our class at#UCDavis yesterday:http://tinyurl.com/ybqv429

The video indeed is awesome:
And then a few others retweeted/commented on this.
Then Carl Zimmer blogged about it on “The Loom” in a post “The last thing the mosquitofish saw“.
And that is really when the fish hit that fan.
On Tuesday, Tom Chivers at the Telegraph wrote about it “Weird feeding habits of the slingjaw wrasse” saying

“Almost 6,000 people have watched the YouTube footage of Epibulus insidiator, a strange predator found in tropical waters in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.”

Little did he know what would happen next. It seems to have then gotten picked up by all sorts of web news sites around the world and KABOOM, like the fishes jaw, this video went crazy.
See for example
Now there have been 165,000 views. Completely deserving I must say. But pretty surprising too …
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And here are some more links:

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About Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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