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Huge anchovy school creates stunning spectacle off San Diego coast

An enormous school of anchovies has been pictured amassing off the coast of San Diego in stunning new pictures from scientists.

The enormous school of anchovies created huge dark patches. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography/YouTube

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography said the school was the largest seen in the area for more than 30 years.

The number of fish could well be in the millions. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography/YouTube

It remains unclear why the unusually high number of fish - thought to be in the millions - moved into the shallow waters so close to the coast.

The footage shows oceanographers with GoPro cameras diving down to swim with the fish on Monday after they were spotted by lifeguards.

The anchovies split apart when one of the researchers swims towards them. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography/YouTube