Today, a rare event is occurring: a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon moves so that it is in front of the sun, blocking the sun’s rays totally for 2-3 minutes. This solar eclipse is particularly important because it spans the entire continental U.S., going from Oregon at 12: 20 to North Carolina at 1: 50 (central time).
There are reports of the eclipse making animals do silly things: the birds acting confused, owls and bats coming out, fish hiding their young from nocturnal predators, and llamas migrating to pastures . This most recent eclipse will probably have similar reactions.
are sea creatures affected by the eclipse?
Astronomer Doug Duncan was watching an eclipse off the shores of the Galapagos Islands when, reportedly, “all of the whales and dolphins in the vicinity, dozens of them, surfaced and swam back and forth, watching the eclipse. Five minutes after totality, they all swam away.”
On July 20th, 1963, scientists were waiting 200 miles south of Massachusetts, monitoring a large number of resting deep sea creatures such as squid, shrimp, jellyfish, as well as many odd, sometimes glowing animals. The moon slowly moved in front of the sun as the scientists watched their sonar equipment. Suddenly, all of the animals began a frantic, 3,000 feet journey to the surface.
So, yes, sea creatures are affected by an eclipse.