Millions of baby sardines shock old timer
San Carlos, Mexico -Millions of baby sardines have emerged around the sailing vessel Sol Mate whilst she is at anchor in Bahia San Carlos, just south of the busy fishing port of Guaymas, on the mainland side of the Sea of Cortez.
The day started out quite routinely, but within moments of arising for his morning stretching exercises on the foredeck of his 40 foot cutter-rigged sloop, Actual News Geezer knew something was different.
"I didn't know what was different at first, but it seemed like the bay was alive with life," he told NowPublic.
And indeed, such was the case. An unusual mass hatching of sardine fry had created an enormous school of the small fish, attracting the attention not only of ANG, but as well a goiter of pelicans and a serendepity of terns.
The day was not without controversy. Tanner, an 11-year old aboard an Island Packett with his grandfather Melvin and grandmother Carline, was not sure the fry were even sardines.
"I do not know what they are," Tanner replied. And Captain Francisco Javier, an experienced pescadora, was equally unwilling to hazard a guess. "Es mas chica," he said. "Too difficult to say."
With public opinion clearly turning against him, ANG surprisingly dug in his heels. "Just imagine them in a couple of years!" he cried to the growing throng. "Four or five will completely fill a tin, and then perhaps you'll believe me."
There were mutterings in the restive crowd. Some were clearly offended the sunburnt gringo had overstepped his welcome, and where previously many had been charmed by his baggy shorts and quick wit, now people were having second thoughts.
A swarthy man with a cigarette dangling below a bushy moustache elbowed his way to the front of the crowd and took ANG by the arm.
"Señor, I theenk is time to go," he whispered. "Nos vemos." He turned to the crowd. "Señor News Guy tiennes un mal de corazon," he explained.
Eyebrows raised and ebbed like the tides; neighbors gave knowing looks and in the midst of the general seeking of a consensus, the mustachio'd stranger shuffled ANG off.
The crisis was over.