Well, of course you must have guessed it is not (but I couldn't resist giving it a b-movie title or such...).
Those creatures you see on the photo are eels.
The european eel (Anguilla anguilla) is a fish somewhat similar to a snake. It is a catadromous species, meaning that it spends most of its life in freshwater (rivers, streams etc), but migrates to the open sea in order to spawn.
Despite being a delicacy since ancient times, the eel spawning had been a mystery, since no "young" eels had been caught for centuries. Today, it is believed that all european eels migrate to the Sargasso Sea (the sea adjoining the southeastern coast of the US). There, they spawn and die. The newborn eels are transferred to the european coasts by the Gulf Stream.
A number of factors, probably acting in synergy led to the reduction of european eel populations by ~90% or more in the '70s. These are believed to be overfishing, outbreaks of a parasite of the species, dams and other uses of freshwater environments that led to fragmentation of the species habitat and even natural fluctuations of climatic and oceanic conditions. Thus, the eel today has its own EU Regulation (Reg. No 1100/2007) establishing measures for the recovery of the population.
About the photo: Following the EU legislation, there are releases of eels to the sea in order to continue their spawning voyage (the release aiming for the eels to avoid being caught in the fish barrier traps of the lagoons or other fisheries). Here, I took this photo during one of those releases, when the eels are first "let go" and are still trying to orient themselves. I preferred not to go very close to the fish mainly to give some depth of field and give perspective to the whole scene. I especially liked this particular photo where the fish, despite not being so many, are at the edge of the waterline and give an impression of a swarm (hence the title).
Greetings to all!
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CPD66 (960) 2013-02-11 12:15
thy look very big for eels, but tasty all the same.
Gigidusud (21247) 2013-02-11 13:41
Great capture of this anguilla,I like the fun title and interesting note too.
Thanks for sharing.
jhm (160851) 2013-02-13 3:32
What a splendid eels, formerly here in Belgium in every creek, now we see almost no eel, through the water pollution.
What a lovely moment for take these nice picture.
Excellent composition, perfect captured, nice presentation. TFS.
Have a nice day,
pajaran (66294) 2013-02-13 23:57
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepo pokazan trenutak.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan.
Very interesting and good text ...
A good time recording, sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Shown nice moment.
Have a nice and successful day.
All the best.
Waylim (25436) 2013-02-14 14:31
We know they are not monster, but regardless, it still can scare some people, especially females. Anyway, really wonderful shot with so many of them together. I can almost feel the slick and slimy texture of the fishes. Do people eat them in Europe? I know people eat them in some many countries in Asia. I have never seen one in the nature like this. Good catch.
fabbs99 (17179) 2013-02-15 23:03
Snaky bussiness.The shot having excellent sharpness and clarity.Nice colorful details and very pleasantly shown.Great POV and good composition. Very well done, TFS.
ourania (51103) 2013-02-22 11:28
πραγματικά είναι μυστηριώδη πλάσματα τα χέλια. Έχεις αποδώσει τις υφές και τα χρώματα καθώς και την κίνηση με θαυμάσια ακρίβεια. Πρέπει να είναι μια κρίσιμη στιγμή γι'αυτά και φαίνονται μπερδεμένα. Θα ήταν συναρπαστική η εμπειρία να τα παρακολουθείς από κοντά, η προσοχή και ο θαυμασμός σου γίνονται αντιληπτά από τη φωτογραφία. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό Σαββατοκύριακο,