VIDEO: Who Would Ever Think You Would Find This Member of the Herring Family in Lake Michigan Waters Off Chicago’s Shore?

Fish Ecologists Phil Willink & Solomon David used a GoPro camera to film a massive school of American gizzard shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) off one of the local harbors in Chicago, IL. The gargantuan school really resembles the “bait-ball” of fishes often seen in marine environments.


A member of the herring family (Clupeidae), this native filter-feeding species resembles the invasive (to the Great Lakes) alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus). The fish ecologists nicknamed the clip “[gizzard] shad-nado”…the inevitable sequel to cat[fish]-nado, released earlier this year.

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