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Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Fishing, Manic Mondays, US, Video |

Manic Monday: Bay Anchovies, False Albacore, and Sharks, Oh My!

Watch an ocean-themed soap opera unfold as false albacore and sharks unleash on a school of bay anchovies.

If you’ve ever done any sort of fishing, you know that some of the most exciting angling is when fish are actively feeding on the surface. And even if you’re not an angler, simply seeing a school of blitzing, feeding fish is pretty amazing. It’s like watching one of those nature documentaries about the Serengeti plains, where a pride of lions sneaks up on a herd of feeding wildebeest or a leopard drops out of a tree on an unsuspecting antelope. Only this is the watery version.

Fins to the left, fins to the right... hungry sharks and false albacore shred a school of bay anchovies while an angler hooks up.

Fins to the left, fins to the right… hungry sharks and false albacore shred a school of bay anchovies while an angler hooks up.

In today’s Manic Monday video by Outer Banks Fly Fishing, schools of bay anchovies are hunted down and eaten by false albacore (a type of tuna) and a few different species of sharks. This scene happens every fall off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, when massive schools of bay anchovies head out into the ocean (where false albacore, sharks, birds, and even whales, are waiting).