By Syed Akbar Ali
Days before the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, large numbers of sardines turned up dead in California. Even after the earthquake, there were swarms of sardines close to shore near Acapulco in Mexico. Here is some interesting fish news:
"Last Friday (25 March), a 300-pound eagle ray leaps onto a boat off the Florida Keys. On Sunday (27 March), a 375-pound mako shark jumps onto a boat off Texas. What's up with the leaping sea creatures? Has Aquaman's telepathic message been scrambled? Are the buddies of "Jaws" seeking revenge? Are we going to need bigger boats? Actually, "many ocean animals do jump out of the water when either chasing prey or trying to elude a predator," Timothy J. Mullican, vice president of zoological operations at the Georgia Aquarium, said in an e-mail to CNN. And the eagle ray and mako shark are both known jumpers, he said."
Maybe it is all just a coincidence. There is video of the 200-300 pound stingray 'flying' out of the water. It must have been something really scary to propel a 200-300 pound ray right out of the water into a boat.
The shark is even more impressive. That is the picture of the Mako shark above. It weighed almost 400 pounds and jumped over 15 feet to get from the water into a boat, all by itself. Again it must have taken some agitation to make a shark want to do that.
It wont do any harm to be on the lookout. Florida and Texas sit around the Gulf of Mexico.