Wednesday 23 August 2017

Fish going loco down in Acapulco

A fisherman uses a plastic bag to catch fish as a large school swims near the coast of Acapulco, Mexico
A fisherman uses a plastic bag to catch fish as a large school swims near the coast of Acapulco, Mexico

Masses of sardines, anchovies, stripped bass and mackerel surged close to shore on one beach in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, packed so tightly near the surface they looked like an oil slick from above.

Delighted fishermen rushed out in wooden motor boats, abandoning their rods and nets and simply scooping the fish up with buckets.

"It was so much fun. There were about 20 or 30 fishermen and there were people who came with their kids to take advantage of it," fisherman Carlos Morales said.

The fishermen attributed the strange phenomenon to the unusual currents unleashed by tsunami that followed the earthquake in Japan.

Experts could not be sure.

"It would fall into that category where you would love to make the connection, but who knows?" said Rich Briggs, a geologist with the US Geological Survey.

"Tsunamis can change local currents, but it's hard to make a firm connection."

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