by Monika April. 09, 2009 7462 views

Schools of fish are able to swim in unison never missing a beat, each moving up and down back and forth, diving and turning as if their motions are set to music, as they were choreographed. They do so to protect from enemies, to better defend their territory in a group and also beleived that swimming close together reduces friction and allows fish to conserve energy.
A complex combination of senses allows fish to achieve those smooth schooling movements; they are able to respond to water movement due to their hair-like receptors (neuromasts) similar to those in the human inner ear. The neuromasts are so sensitive to any change in the water these fish are able to travel as if connected and move as one unit. At one time it was believed a leader in the school directed their movements but is now known that each fish responds to the movements of the other fish; if one swims in a different direction all the others sense it and move accordingly.
(we human could learn so much from fish, dont you think? :-)

“their magnetic sense
tell the birds where to fly,
put the leg of the spider below
magnifier, and you`ll know why
it dont get entangled in its net,
their keen sense of movement
allow fish to swim in unison…
i dont need to know all truth
just caress me with words

i dont question but fear losing you
i dont question but fear losing you”

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Camille 10 years, 3 months ago

harmony ...

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Ana A. Negru 10 years, 4 months ago

I love your underwater shots!

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Dragana Jurisic 10 years, 4 months ago

for the pirate queen, [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpwSxHiiNSw]the pirate gospel [/url]

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Gary 10 years, 4 months ago

wonderfully done... love your ocean pic as always.

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Christine 10 years, 4 months ago

Very beautiful shots, I wonder how you deal with the light

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Christine 10 years, 4 months ago

Oh la la !!! It is empressive. Thank you for the informations too.
It must be a stange feeling to be surrounded by such a school of fish !

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Vterezia 10 years, 5 months ago

ezek fantasztikus képek az 1,3 kedvencekhez került .........

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Storytaylor 10 years, 5 months ago

speechless. I love it

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Riyaz 10 years, 5 months ago

This is fascinating! A wonderful post, and great shots! You are our expert here on the underwater world!

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Tim 10 years, 5 months ago

Im so glad they dont have any jams there,,,coudl be a terrible mess to solve them,,,

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Julia Gotz 10 years, 5 months ago

group mind - I don't know what it is to be a fish, but I do know those brief moments when the whole group seems united in a single energy and purpose. a great experience, though brief. Singing together while working. these are beautiful images.

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Pawel Opara 10 years, 5 months ago

stunning pictures, esp. no. 1

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Stefan Fletcher 10 years, 5 months ago

There's a short piece by Brecht (sorry, don't know original title in German) called "If human beings were sharks", but I find your post soothing and beautiful. No. 3 is charming

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Stormfish 10 years, 5 months ago

we humans could learn from almost anything else in nature, if only we'd let go of all the rubbish teaching we got in school ;-)

wonderful fish swarm, it makes me feel that i am very, very small myself, just one of these buggers circling around the bigger questions in life. - do fish actually have questions? no? is that something we could learn from them, too?

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Marsha 10 years, 5 months ago

Nature is unbelievably complicated...and yet somehow simple at the same time. Another of your posts made think of a book, "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" by Annie Dillard.
My favorite shot is the last - the fish look like little streaks of light.

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Dragana Jurisic 10 years, 5 months ago

like swimming jewels.

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Hanna Westesson 10 years, 5 months ago

Wow! That first picture is fantastic (the others are great too). It has so much movement and the mass effect is massive- I'd like to make a big poster of that if I were you :-)
Must have been a great experience to see it for real!

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Arun Dasgupta 10 years, 5 months ago

Stunning Shots! Great composition, and such wonderful words...

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Maria 10 years, 5 months ago

I've always wondered how they did that. Great information! Fantastic shots! :)

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Jacki 10 years, 5 months ago

That is a very large school of fish! Great shots, I especially like the pattern of the first one.

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Carole Gledhill 10 years, 5 months ago

Amazing amazing pictures I particularly Love #1. Going straight in my favorites

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Mike 10 years, 5 months ago

Very interesting post!!


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