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Northern anchovies (Engraulis mordax) are living proof that "stay in school" is excellent advice. To avoid predators on the prowl for a meal, these small baitfish swim in schools of thousands, which makes it difficult for larger fish to focus on just one. Don't believe us? Next time you're in front of the Kelp Forest exhibit, see if you can follow one anchovy for more than ten seconds!
Visitors often ask: how do you tell the difference between anchovies and sardines? The tail tells the tale! Anchovies move their tail fins in a scissor-like motion, while sardines wave theirs from side to side. Our social team put together this highly scientific video to help.