A photographer in South Dakota found a school of frozen fish in solid ice, mid-wave!
According to the U.S. Department of the Interior Facebook page, and Medium.com photographer Kelly Preheim happened upon a startling sight while walking through Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge in SD.
After a large fish die-off due to low oxygen levels the dead fish floated to the top and were driven towards the shore by high winds coupled with expanding ice. The ‘fish block’ then went vertical and froze into a surreal picture, making it look like a science fiction movie.
While the rare and interesting photos were taken back in 2015, it’s now getting a resurgence on social media thanks to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior Facebook pages.
Crows and gulls followed by our national symbol, the Bald Eagle, were happy to take part in the bounty.
The fish appeared to include suckers, carp, and other various species found in the waters there. Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge is known as an important stop-off in North America’s Central Flyway.
Lake Andes is a shallow prairie lake in the central part of SD and is a regular stop for avid birders and conservationists the country over.
Big thanks to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and especially Kelly Preheim for sharing her amazing photos!
All photos by Kelly Preheim via Birdteach