Are Huge Schools of Fish Off Mexican Coast the Result of Tsunami?

The Associated Press, via the Huffington Post, reported yesterday, "Masses of sardines, anchovies, stripped bass and mackerel surged close to shore Friday" near Acapulco, and were "packed so tightly near the surface they looked like an oil slick from above."

Fishermen were reported to have forgone rods and reels and scooped up fish in buckets and nets. With thirty or so boats getting in on the action. Apparently the fisherman there were of the mindset that the earthquake in Japan and resulting cross ocean tsunami had contributed to some strange currents that pushed the balls of fish close into shore.

A geologist with the U.S. Geological survey said, "It would fall into that category where you would love to make the connection, but who knows?" and "Tsunamis can change local currents, but it's hard to make a firm connection."

I don't care what the culprit was. Forget scooping up buckets of bait! There's no way you could have kept me out of the bow of a Panga, with a 10 or 12 weight just waiting for the inevitable arrival of the larger gamefish like Dorado, Sailfish or Tuna. Can you imagine the melee that must have happened at some point with that much bait in one area?

For more photos of this bizarre phenomenon from AP photographer Bernandino Hernandez click here.