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Feed­ing time at the Aquarium’s Open Sea exhibit is for many peo­ple the high­light of their visit to Mon­terey. The largest tank at the Aquar­ium pro­vides enough space for the dif­fer­ent fish species to co-​exist. The school of sar­dines, prey species for the Pacific blue tuna, spend most of their day at the bot­tom of the tank and only dur­ing feed­ing they move upwards and show their mar­vel­lous capac­ity to move as one entity. See how they, after being fed, avoid the preda­tor fish and move down­wards again when the preda­tors get their meal. It seems that, now and again, the more care­less sar­dines end up in the preda­tors’ stomachs.Unfortunately the video is a lit­tle dark and con­tains some camera-​flash from other vis­i­tors, but it does show how the school of sar­dines move as a cloud through the exhibit.

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