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It’s Raining Fish?!

Juvenile yellow-tail rockfish.

Recently, I noticed a lot of splashing in a tideline off Telegraph Cove, BC. I share my observations with you via the little video clip at the link below.

You’ll note that it looks like big rain drops are hitting the water.

I discovered that what was creating the splashing were juvenile yellow-tail rockfish feeding on zooplankton. The zooplankton, including a small species of krill, had been concentrated at the surface by the big tidal exchange. There had been almost a 4 metre exchange between high and low tide (more than 12 feet).

I also discovered a very unique larval fish in the tideline that day but will share that discovery in a future “The Marine Detective”.

Click here for the video of the yellow-tail rockfish feeding in the tideline.


14 Responses to “It’s Raining Fish?!”

  1. jacqui

    so very cool, they are beautiful fish.Charli enjoyed your video too. I miss your narration though!

  2. gillian Butler

    Jacqui always beats me to comments!
    I miss the narration as well.
    There is alwasy something kinda funny about little fish plopping on the surface.

  3. George van Zuylekom

    Hey Jacky, I am george van Zuylekom. I received your address from your dad. Very nice stuff. I will come back to your webside and enjoy your photgraphs and videos. Best wishes George

    • jackiehildering

      Hello George! It means a great deal that my father would have forwarded these links to you and that you are enjoying them. Thank you!

  4. jacqui

    Hi Gillian!
    I stalk Jackie’s site… hope all is well with you guys, still dreaming of another trip with you fabulous people! (Pacific Northwest Expeditions for anyone wanting a fabulous Kayak adventure)

    • Gillian Butler

      Jacqui, you’re welcome anytime! I still remember that as one of the funnest, funniest trips ever. And thanks for the plug!
      ps maybe we’ll be lucky enough to get Jackie out one of these fine days

      • Jade Robinson

        HI JACKIE!! so would you have named the whale chippy because i think thats a cool name.. And Patrick good job on picking out a name i like shark tooth to but not as much as shadow ridge …… Taylor made that one upp…

      • jackiehildering

        They are already really descriptive good names and it is wonderful that you were able to narrow down all the good choices.

  5. Jade Robinson

    hi jackie so would you have nameed the whale chippy? And you rock!!! 🙂


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