Oil Slick Or Just A Bunch Of Anchovies?

by | Jul 11, 2014 | Fish, Science | 0 comments


Folks around La Jolla California weren’t sure what they were seeing this past week. From a distance the dark colored water looks similar to a oil slick or even ride tide. Turns out, it was a very large school of anchovies.

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Scientists note that there hasn’t been a school of anchovies this big and close to the shore in over 30 years. What’s even more unusual was the fact that school appeared in water that was 74 degrees, since anchovies prefer cooler temperatures. Californians who were lucky enough to swim with these fish will sure have stories to tell. MORE

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    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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