The image of thousands of tuna congregating underwater can only be described as surreal.

Photographer and marine ecosystem researcher Octavio Aburto took this video as a rare recording of Jack tuna courtship behavior. According to his website, Aburto has been working in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, Mexico for the last fifteen years researching and promoting marine conservation. This photographic expedition was one of many to spread awareness of the need to preserve marine life and habitat.

Aburto and fellow diver David Castro took the images on a calm November day when the tuna had formed into undulating columns that resembled large, rather fishy tornadoes. The Jack fish seemed to be at ease with the two photographers and at times moved towards them almost inquisitively. Aburto hopes the images will get more people to start thinking about the environment.

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Image is a screenshot courtesy Animal Wire on Youtube

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  • Fishman

    A stick of dynamite from a boat and dinner is served for a small nation.

    • Believe it not, but dynamite is a routinely used, though nearly universally condemned method of fishing on reefs.