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Forage Fish Frenzies Around Thetis Island

This past year we experienced a number of feeding frenzies off the coast of Thetis Island. Thetis residents caught these exciting events on camera from shorelines and waters around the island.


This photo journal was prompted by a recent article on the importance of forage fish in the January Issue of The Ripple: Scooping Sand for Little but Impactful Fish. Photos are in chronological order. Full details about the photos below.


Thank you to all who shared their beautiful photos/footage.


1. Looking out from The Portal (Nov 2, 2022, Keya White)


2. While waiting for the ferry (Preedy Harbour, Nov 8, 2022, Chris Rennie)


3. A large herring ball caught between sea lions and the shore (Preedy Harbour, Nov 9, 2022, Gregg Humphreys). Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoPT2ywVgZo&ab_channel=GreggHumphreys


4. Preedy Harbour (Nov 10, 2022, Quentin Goodbody)


5. Habour seals at Preedy Harbour (Nov 10, 2022, Quentin Goodbody)


6. Harbour seal at Preedy Harbour (Nov 10, 2022, Quentin Goodbody)


7. Preedy Harbour (Nov 10, 2022, Quentin Goodbody)


8. Preedy Harbour (Nov 10, 2022, Quentin Goodbody)


9. East side of Hudson Island (Nov 14, 2022, Lil Garand)


10. A ‘raft’ of sea lions breaching near Hudson Island (Stuart Channel, Nov 15, 2022, Gregg Humphreys)


11. Off Forbes Dr. (Nov 16, 2022, Rick Sinclair)


12. Off Foster Point (Nov 17, 2022, Keya White)


13. Off Foster Point (Nov 17, 2022, Keya White)


14. Seagulls and sea lions enjoying a good meal (Crescent Point, Nov 22, 2022, Troy Kasting)


15. Sea lions sunning themselves post feeding (Preedy Harbour, Nov 25, 2022, Keith Rush)


16. The after frenzy “lay on the floor because we ate too much” (Fraser Point, Dec 28, 2022, Geoff Porter)

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