- EXCLUSIVE: Behind the scenes moment a fish shot water into a camera mans eye
- Archerfish use jets of water like arrows to shoot down insects from trees
This is the hilarious behind the scenes moment where an Archerfish shot water at a camera mans eye, while filming the BBC’s Planet Earth III in Indonesia.
Mitch Buckley, slow-motion camera operator for the show, was talking about what the experience has been like filming the cheeky fish, when one decided to target him and go for his eye.
The unique fish use jets of water like arrows to shoot down insects from trees high above.
In tropical Raja Ampat, coral reef is sheltered by a forest of Mangrove trees, which are salt tolerant and rooted in the seabed, providing an opportunity for the fish.
Mitch was explaining ‘The first couple of days when we were looking for Archer fish, it was very difficult to find them and you can see now I’m actually surrounded by Archerfish.
Mitch Buckley, slow-motion camera operator for the show, was talking about what the experience has been like filming Archerfish, when one decided to target him
In less than a second, water quickly shoots up and hits him, leaving the cameraman rubbing his eye and laughing, saying it ‘really hurt’
‘Whereas before, they wouldn’t come within three meters of us – they’re very very comfortable with us now.’
The person behind the camera was in the middle of asking him what camera he uses when the Archerfish took the opportunity to attack.
In less than a second, water quickly shoots up and hits him, leaving the camera man rubbing his eye and laughing, saying it ‘really hurt’.
He continued ‘Sorry, exactly what happens with Archerfish, is 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.
‘They see if they can shoot it down and eat it, so I just got nailed in the eye by an Archerfish.’
After the funny moment unfolded, he revealed it actually wasn’t the first time this had happened.
He said ‘Setting out, filming archer fish hunting in the wild seemed like an impossible task.
‘Once we found a location and an obliging school of fish, the next challenge was trying to spot who was going to spit next, and in which direction.
Critics and viewers hailed the show’s ‘utterly staggering’ first episode, as stunning pictures from the show revealed nature in all its glory
‘In fact, I felt like a young archer fish myself, learning the ropes. But the most unexpected challenge was archer fish trigger happy habits.
‘A hopeful archer fish will fire at anything that seems out of place, just to see if they can knock it down…the red button on a camera, a shiny bracelet of a camera man, down my ear and on more than one occasion, right in my eye’.
You can find out more about the funny Archer fish on the third installment of the beloved franchise with narration from Sir David Attenborough.
The first episode of the new series aired on October 22 and you can watch the latest installment on BBC One this Sunday.
Critics and viewers hailed the show has having an ‘utterly staggering’ first episode, as stunning pictures from the show revealed nature in all its glory.
It comes after the BBC crew working on the series broke the golden rule of wildlife film-makers to ‘never intervene’ when they saved wildlife from plastic litter and fishing nets.
The new attitudes towards helping wildlife mirror one of the season’s key themes which will focus on how animals are coping with changes to their environment caused by global warming.