It’s raining anchovies in San Francisco

Pelicans celebrate

– It has been years since there have been many anchovies in the bay. Not only marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea lions, but also thousands of pelicans benefited from this surreal situation.

What happened

– Lower-than-usual water temperatures have resulted in unusual blooms of plankton, a favorite food of many fish, including anchovies, which have suddenly increased in numbers. There are many predators that, for this reason, have started flying over the coast to feast. There are dozens of sightings of huge flocks of pelicans. They try to catch as many anchovies as possible because the amount of food is almost embarrassing. Hence the transport problems: often, in fact, anchovies escape from their beaks and fall to the ground.

It’s not TikTok

– The first testimonies came from social networks: already a month ago, on the Reddit network, some users discussed the first cases of this unusual rain, considering it a challenge born on TikTok. On the same day, an update published by the Otolith Geochemistry and Fish Ecology Laboratory (a research laboratory at the University of Davis) was added, announcing that the hatching season for anchovies would be particularly fertile. As water temperatures in San Francisco Bay are below seasonal averages,boom (If not Deep water boom) This event involves a massive migration of cold, nutrient-rich water from the depths to the surface of the ocean.

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