Thursday, January 16, 2014

School of fish frozen solid following sudden drop in temperature

A sudden drop in temperature in northern Norway froze a school of fish solid as they tried to escape en masse from a bay.

Ingolf Kristiansen was out for a walk with Anton, his miniature schnauzer, when he came across the school of saithe, a type of fish belonging to the cod family, frozen beneath the ice.

"I've never seen anything like it. It has not happened before here as far as I know," he said.

"A temperature of minus 7.8 degrees, combined with an east wind, made the bay freeze in a very short time. The saithe had been chased to the shore by cormorants, and apparently were not able to get out to the open sea again."

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