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Incredible Swarms of Fish: Caused By Japan’s Tsunami?

Despite the fact that the tsunami that struck the island nation of Japan last month is thousands of miles away from the shores of Acapulco, many believe that the massive horde of fish found teeming along the Mexican coast are linked to that tragic event. Experts, however, aren’t so sure as tsunamis are usually the result of a disturbance in the seabed, such as that caused by an earthquake or landslide.

Rich Briggs, 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? Tsunamis can change local currents, but it’s hard to make a firm connection.”

Thousands upon thousands of sardines, anchovies, stripped bass and mackerel have invaded the coast of the Mexican resort, packed so tightly that from the air they resemble an oil slick. Could this unusual phenomenon be as many fishermen believe, the result of the aftershock and unusual currents created by the tsunami in Japan?

For local fishermen, why this odd event happened really didn’t matter. It was as if it were raining gold, as many abandoned their rods and nets and scooped the fish up with their buckets.

In the words of one fisherman, Carlos Morales:

“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.”

Some bathers avoided the area with the mysterious horde. Whatever the cause, it is certainly very bizarre and puzzling and an event that reminds us all that despite our many advances, we don’t have all the answers when it comes to the vagaries of Mother Nature.

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