Like Icarus flying too close to the sun, these herring met their demise when they swam too close to the surface on a frigid Norwegian day.
We’ve all had our fair share of cold weather so far this winter. The polar vortex froze out hunters and dumped massive amounts of snow all around the country, and it appears that the United States is not the only part of the world experiencing subzero temps.
This photo, taken by Ingolf Kristiansen from the tiny island of Lovund in central Norway, is a rare sight to see.
Image via: The Independent
“I’ve never seen anything like it. It has not happened before here as far as I know,” he told NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.
The massive shoal of herring were swimming too close to the surface when they were frozen by a harsh wind gust, which caused temperatures to suddenly dip to minus 7.8 degrees Celsius (18°F).
According to fish expert Aril Slotte,
“…the herring may have become trapped after being chased towards the shore by a predator, possibly whales.”
While these fish may have escaped being someone’s lunch in their lifetime, it’s expected that after the ice thaws there will be quite the feast for the inhabitants of the lake.
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