Students capture amazing footage of massive anchovy school

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Students from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego used GoPro cameras to film a school anchovies believed to contain millions of fish. Sister station KSWB reports the scientists at the institute haven't seen a school that big in more than 30 years, and they weren't sure why the school moved into shallow waters near the coast.

The school was described to be as big as 100 meters wide and was first seen on Monday by lifeguards. The 74 degree water that the fish were swimming is on Tuesday was the warmest that anchovies have been reported in according to marine biology professor Phil Hastings.

The anchovies were six-to-seven inches big and had mostly disbanded by Tuesday evening. Hastings said that the mystery of the school's appearance probably won't be solved, but they collected some of the fish for preservation.

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