Fish at Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms
One of the most unusual phenomena that we have observed are the seasonal visitations of large schools of fish migrating or aggregating to offshore platforms.
A number of species show up at certain platforms during certain times of the year. Hundreds of lobsters will march up a platform. As you can see, large schools of sharks and tarpon migrate to and school up at, offshore platforms. Cobia also school up in large numbers around the platforms.
These fish and crustaceans stay for a couple of days and then swim away to unknown destinations. We have also observed enormous schools of Atlantic mackerel and butterfish feeding in extraordinary numbers on zooplankton, under deep-water platforms during late summer and autumn year after year.
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