On the small Norwegian island of Lovund, a stinging eastern wind caused the temperatures to drop to 18°F (-7.8°C), freezing a large quantity of fish in suspended animation inside a bay. Swimming too close to the surface, the huge shoal of herring literally froze in place, catching them in mid-swim!
The image above was captured by Ingolf Kristiansen, a native of the tiny island in central Norway. “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.
Under normal conditions, fish would swim underneath the ice but fish expert Aril Solotte said the herring may have become trapped after being chased towards the shore by a predator, likely whales.
It is reported that the fish remain completely frozen, and local birds and whales are in for a feast when the ice melts.
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team