Massive School Of Fish Form Swarming Ball To Avoid Predation (SPOILER: Better Luck Next Time)

February 7, 2017


This is a video from the BBC's Blue Planet of a school of anchoveta forming a massive swarming bait ball in an attempt to confuse predators and live to swim another day. It does not work out that well for them. I actually remember seeing this footage years ago when Blue Planet originally aired, but that's just me and I watch everything narrated by David Attenborough as soon as it comes out. Sometimes I even try to download them illegally before they come out and wind up with a bunch of p0rn viruses instead. Who does that to a nature lover? Imagine a teenage girl whose favorite boy band is David Attenborough, that's me. You should see the posters in my bedroom, I had to make them all myself from pictures I found online and blew up. "Please tell me you kiss them before bed." Every single one.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Marc, who agrees there may be plenty of other fish in the sea, but those anchoveta definitely aren't them anymore.

  • DFCtomm

    Nature has always seemed, particularly, efficient and ruthless in the sea.

  • Bling Nye

    Birds do the same thing.

    Nature's ruthlessness is not biased towards above or below the sea.

    Wait, actually, I take that back. It is biased towards above the sea... for humans have decimated every other predator and eliminated many species on land. If humans had an equivalent presence under the sea, I'm sure it'd be very similar. Fishing alone has a huge impact as it is.

  • Big McLargehuge

    Daaamn, nature!

    You scary.

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