VIDEO: Massive school of anchovy spotted off California coast

VIDEO: Massive school of anchovy spotted off California coast

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SAN DIEGO - Video shot off the coast of San Diego shows a massive school of finger-sized fish swimming together, creating a dark blue band in the waters on Monday.

Divers reported seeing the school of California anchovy-- also known as northern anchovy-- stretched 15 feet beneath the water's surface.  That rivals anything seen off the coast in 30 years.

It's not clear why the clear school moved into shallow water.  This type of anchovy usually prefers cooler water, and the water temperature in the area was close to 75 degrees.

Northern anchovy is harvested mainly for use as bait in other fisheries, and sometimes processed into fish meal. 

Officials say the northern anchovy is known to cluster in schools, but rarely comes as close to shore as it did in this case. The video was captured by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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