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Huge school of anchovies filmed in California

Posted on Thursday, 10 July, 2014 | Comment icon 21 comments

The sheer size of the school has baffled experts. Image Credit: YouTube / Scripps Oceanography
The ocean turned a shade of black as up to 100 million fish swarmed the coastline off La Jolla.
Thought to be the largest school of anchovies seen within the last three decades, the enormous shoal measured 50ft wide and 325ft long.

Observers watched the dark undulating shadow of the fish, which looked like part of a giant oil slick, as they swam near the shoreline. A member of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography who had been visiting the beach during the spectacle was able to capture the whole thing on video.

Experts don't know what prompted such a large concentration of the animals but believe that it was unlikely that they were searching for food. The fact that the water temperature was unusually high for anchovies also added to the mystery.

In the footage, swimmers sharing the water with the fish can be seen diving down amongst them as they dart around in the warm coastal shallows of the Pacific.

Source: Science Recorder | Comments (21)

Tags: Anchovies, Fish, California

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Vox on 10 July, 2014, 16:42
This is clearly a sea monster...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Michelle on 10 July, 2014, 16:48
Not a single one. That's what is so amazing about. You'd think at least one would be out of sync but they move in perfect unison. We did think about the fact that something much, much larger could be chasing them.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Calibeliever on 10 July, 2014, 17:31
Did you catch sight of the nifty shark swimming through at around 45 seconds? They catch it again underwater ...
Comment icon #15 Posted by Michelle on 10 July, 2014, 18:03
Most sharks actually aren't dangerous...gotten fairly close to many of them. I worry about more critters on dry land than I do underwater.
Comment icon #16 Posted by calaf on 10 July, 2014, 22:33
Where will they ever find enough cans?
Comment icon #17 Posted by psyche101 on 11 July, 2014, 1:28
Comment icon #18 Posted by EnderOTD on 11 July, 2014, 11:12
Wow, I never thought that I would see a realistic representation of Pac-Man on LSD. Shukran OP
Comment icon #19 Posted by Silent Trinity on 14 July, 2014, 9:18
They are picketing the local Pizza Hutt and complaining against unfair pay and conditions for Anchovies working in the pizza industry Stunning looking sight though! Love it when nature throws us a curve ball like this....industrial action or not lol
Comment icon #20 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 23 July, 2014, 19:18
I've seen a massive flock of birds acting in a similar. The sounds of thousands chirps and wing flaps are nothing I have ever heard before.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Rei4ever on 4 August, 2014, 14:54
Cowabunga dude!

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