Monday, June 1, 2009

Bait Ball

Where are my goggles when I need them?

During my walk this morning I watched this stand-up paddleboarder chasing a dark spot in the water. Almost certainly a very large school of small fish, probably being herded by larger predator fish. I love swimming through bait-balls of fish and am fascinated by the behavior of the bigger fish chasing the smaller ones.

I am amazed at how well the swirling strategy of the smaller fish works. When swimming with dolphins I am easily distracted when they break into smaller groups and swim in different directions. I start to follow one group, then find myself following another group, then another. Like I said, it is amazing how effective their defense mechanism is. It really works.

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