by Tsing Mui on December 21, 2012 at 8:40 am
Researchers working off the coast of Baja California in Mexico have captured stunning video of a “fish tornado” swirling underwater. The imagery is so unusual many viewers have asked if it’s real or fake. (Answer: It’s real.)
The brief video shows a large school of jack fish (family Carangidae) engaged in a kind of courtship behavior called a fish aggregation. “I have been trying to capture this image ever since I saw the behavior of these fish and witnessed the incredible tornado that they form during courtship,” marine biologist Octavio Aburto told Mission Blue.
Photo: Octavio Aburto