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Twitchy Water

Here is what the Gulf looks like this afternoon:
00flatwater.jpg

It is one of those amazing afternoons, where the water is nearly as flat and reflective as glass.

With one anomaly:00twitchywater.jpg

In the midst of the glass like waters of the Gulf, there are patches of twitchy water. I can’t help it. I lost two hours of my life today watching the twitchy water. It was the wierdest thing I have seen; it looked like waves with fleas, except that the fleas would sparkle silver now and then. While all the regular waves would be going one way, this “wave” would flutter and go in one direction, then flutter, and turn in another direction.

It has to be fish. From time to time a bird would pass over and the twitchy water would disappear. Sometimes, it didn’t disappear fast enough, and the bird would dive down and grab a snack and fly away. The fish must be tiny – maybe like anchovies or herring or minnows – and their activity gives the water an entirely different character.

I never thought of fish swarming before, but it looked like hive behavior. I wonder if it is because the weather is so suddenly and consistently warm (between 100 – 110F for my non-Kuwaiti readers) or if they are always there and the surf is too active for me to see them?

Twitchy water.

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May 9, 2007 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Random Musings, Weather

6 Comments »

  1. Fishing season is here ! :)

    Comment by Abdulaziz | May 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. yup, theyre minnows. and in some places like the old messilah beach hotel they would come in real close to shore cos people would throw bread off the pier. if you stood in the water and stuck your hand in theyd actually start nipping at your fingers. was very ticklish :P

    fish tend to follow the safety in numbers thingy, like herds of wildebeast. theres a great bbc documentary out on dvd that shows an under water view of sardines ‘swarming’ while yellow fin tuna attack them. i think its called the blue planet. its amazing if you get the chance to watch it, lots of never before seen underwater footage which i think youd love if you were staring at the sea for two hours today :P

    Comment by sknkwrkz | May 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. i just found the website:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/blueplanet/

    its got preview clips in the programme archive.

    Comment by sknkwrkz | May 9, 2007 | Reply

  4. Abdulaziz – these are very tiny fish, but if I were a big fish, I would be hanging around for a good meal! ;-)

    Skunk, I found the website, but they don’t seem to be selling the program, at least not that I could find. It looks absolutely fascinating, and I will have to see if I can break away from my baywatch long enough to turn on the TV! :-)

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  5. i think you can get some down in hawally at the pirated video stores. i’m pretty sure i saw it on sale in virgin too.

    Comment by skunk | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  6. I’ll have to take a look. It sounds like something we would love! thanks, Skunk.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 11, 2007 | Reply


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