The East side of Vancouver Island is busy during the herring spawn every spring. Male release their milt, (sperm) to fertilize the eggs the female lay. When the milt is released it colors the ocean a bright aquamarine. Patches of the discolored water can be seen from higher ground and from the air. The area is hustling with sea lions, eagles gulls and other water fowl feeding on the herring and their eggs. The eggs are attached to rocks, seaweed and eel grass. The milt is foamy along the shore from the constant movement of the waves. I have taken this picture when the waves created a long undulating line of foam along the water's edge.
Photo courtesy of:
Madeleine Woods, Painter of Natural Delights
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