ANCHOVIES GET A BAD RAP as a pizza topping thanks to their general saltiness and ickiness — unless you’re Dr. Zoidberg — so maybe we should start appreciating them more as actual living things.
Take this video, for example, made by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. It shows a massive school of anchovies near Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California, and it’s captivating. The motion of the fish as a school is otherworldly from above, fluid and graceful from underwater (which you can see by jumping to the 1:45 mark on this video).
Their incredible schooling patterns aside, anchovies are actually among the most sustainable fish you can eat. This is because they’re small, numerous, and on the bottom of the food chain, which means their removal from the ecosystem has less of an impact on the surrounding environment.