The manta ray school bus

Animal ambassador_schooling fish
Push along!

We all need that little push in life – and we are pretty certain the yellowtail fusilier and scad will agree with us on that. At S.E.A. Aquarium’s Open Ocean Gallery, tens and hundreds of these schooling fish can be seen “following” the manta ray. As the gigantic ray (the most impressive recorded specimen was measured more than 7.6 metres across, weighing more than 2,400 kilograms) propels itself forward, these small marine fish swim and are pushed forward in the waters.

The large school of fishes “follow” bigger marine animals because these larger “hosts” offer protection against predators – we too would be intimidated if this “floating blanket” swam past us!

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