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Large Anchovy School Spotted In California

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La Jolla, Calif.- It’s a sight to behold an anchovy invasion, in the millions, off the coast of San Diego.

The school was spotted off the coast of La Jolla, and was 100 meters wide in places.

People have been crowding around to get a better view.

"It`s certainly a unique phenomenon," said Marine Biology Professor Phil Hastings.

This northern anchovy species, hasn't done this in 30 years, according to Hastings.

“We`re not exactly sure the schools typically stay further offshore and what has actually attracted them to come inshore is not at all obvious right now,” said  Hastings.

They've found their way from British Columbia to the tip of Baja California

"But we usually don`t see them in these numbers. Particularly not these numbers in shallow water," said Hastings.

They prefer the water to be a little cooler than the warm temps were seeing right now, which is about 74 degrees.

"This species of northern anchovy is extremely important to the ecosystem in California, and it`s fed on by just a whole variety of organisms from; squids all the way up to larger fishes."

So how long will they be here?

"That`s completely unpredictable as well. My guess is that they will disperse shortly," said Hastings.

So now's the time to observe and appreciate them, before they move on.

Video Courtesy: Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego


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