Saturday, 17 January 2015

herring close by

 Last blog I mentioned seeing herring off of the dock at night in mid-winter.  If I could have got a photo it would look like this .  These photos are from September. 

Here small juvenile herring are feeding fearlessly, coming close, and not much bothered that mechanic Frank Delph is giving my kicker a tune-up. This behaviour demonstrates how fish act so aggressively in a "feeding frenzy" and opposite to their usual shy and easily spooked mode. 

 Massive schools of large mature herring will be coming into Georgia Strait from the outer ocean in late winter to spawn in concentrations, mostly around Denman Island and south, in the shallows in early March.  That is a magnet for all kinds of wildlife and a terrific show .  -Something for another post. 

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