By: Betty Chu
A massive school of anchovy swarmed the waters of the Pacific Ocean near Scripps Pier at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif., last week on July 8. The incredible event was witnessed by many marine enthusiasts and beach goers — many of whom took to the waters.
Watch the video below and see the amazing lava-lamp-like ebb and flow of the school of fish as curious swimmers approach and as they ride the current:
Researchers haven't seen an event like this in over 30 years and have no explanation for its occurrence. The school consisted of millions — possibly even over a billion — of the fish, called the Northern anchovy.
The anchovy returned the next day, Wednesday, and many swimmers, snorkelers and surfers hit the waters to take full advantage of the rare opportunity to swim with the phenomenon. See the Scripps YouTube playlist for more footage of the amazing event >>
The Northern anchovy is harvested off the West coast. It is mostly used as bait by commercial fishermen.