Massive School of Anchovies Near San Diego Shocks Scientists
Dark bands marked the water off the coast of La Jolla, California Tuesday as snorkeling Scripps graduate students filmed a giant school of Northern Anchovy and one leopard shark swimming through the area.
Scientists at Scripps institute have not seen this sizeable a grouping in 30 years, according to a Scripps Institution of Oceanography website post. Scripps Marine Vertebrate Collection members have collected samples and are studying what reason could explain the unusual event.
Scripps Communications Officer Robert Monroe described the anchovies' movements as similar to a lava lamp, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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