Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Holy Flying Fish! Why Jumping Asian Carp Bombard Rowers

by Tia Ghose, Staff Writer | April 14, 2015 03:52pm ET

A gang of jumping Asian carp recently leapt out of the water and flung themselves at students rowing in a boat — an encounter that was captured on video.

Though it may look like a coordinated attack by an underwater army, the behavior seen in the flying-carp video was likely unintentional, a result of the fish getting spooked, according to a fish and wildlife expert.

"It's not an aggressive attack, it's an escape mechanism," Viv Shears, the director of VS Fisheries, told the BBC.

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