School is over ! Thousands of bunker fish swirl in mesmerizing patterns off Long Island
- Thousands of patterned and splashed silverfish off Long Island, New York
- The huge Menhaden School is known to migrate south when it’s cold
- Beautiful swirling patterns were seen in the water as they circled around
Thousands of silvery fish swirled in mesmerizing patterns in stunning aerial footage shot off Long Island, New York.
The Menhaden Shoal, also known as the Bunker Fish, wrapped around each other in a fascinating patchwork of charcoal gray and silver and the sun reflected off their scales.
Occasionally, they could be seen wading as they jumped into the crystal clear water.
Menhaden tend to migrate to the warmer waters of the southern Atlantic during the fall and winter in North America, and return north in the spring and summer.
The group of flat-bodied fish was captured in stunning drone footage by Joanna L Steidle on October 5.
The video was posted to his YouTube channel and has over 5,300 views.
Fish jump around each other, splashing around in the clear turquoise water off Long Island, New York
Fish swirl in a weave pattern in hypotonic drone footage captured on October 5
In the stunning clip, schools of fish weave around each other in undulating patterns and spin pouting around each other.
Steidle also captured stunning views of the fall fog and other sites in the Hamptons through drone footage.
Menhaden are not directly used for human consumption, but are processed into fish oil and fishmeal because their soft flesh is rich in omega-3 fats.
“The most important fish in the sea”
Menhaden (Brevoortia patronus) play a vital role in the marine ecosystem across the Atlantic.
Some environmentalists call them “the most important fish in the sea” in reference to a book of the same name by H. Bruce Franklin, according to Ecori News.
Many believe that the species should receive special protection as many species feed on it, including bluefish, dolphins, eagles, humpback whales, osprey, sharks, striped bass and sea bass. weak fish.
Menhaden are often removed in bulk by trawlers, and their nutrient-rich flesh is used to make fertilizers, cosmetics, and feed for farmed livestock and fish.
Menhaden’s soft flesh is high in omega-3 fats