Ahoy, O’siders! In case you didn’t hear, it seems that a large school of anchovies have made their way to Oceanside. The fish are normally drawn to cold waters and were spotted at the Oceanside Pier, under Ruby’s Diner, where they have been swarming the past few days. The arrival of our anchovy friends have created a bevy sea life activity.
Anchovies in Oceanside
The visiting anchovies have been making for exciting wildlife viewing as pelicans, dolphins, and sea lions swarm to feed on the small fish. The anchovies have also attracted a number of fishermen and onlookers at the Oceanside Pier. Who knows how long the anchovies will be in town, so get down to the Oceanside Pier soon to catch a glimpse of all the wildlife activity.
We were lucky enough to receive these photos of all the action from Council member Felien, and our very own Cerina De Souza. Check out the photos in the gallery bellow.
What are anchovies?
Anchovies are a small, shiny, silver fish that run in large schools. Because they are small, generally 5-8″ in length, anchovies are often confused with sardines. The minuscule scales are virtually non-existent and the skin is perfectly edible. Anchovies are native to the Mediterranean and thus very popular in the local cuisine.
Anchovies in cuisine
Many people instantly disdain any recipe made with anchovies, immediately thinking of pizza or perhaps antipasto salad. Those same people probably vastly enjoy Worcestershire sauce, remoulade sauce, and green goddess dressing, all of which classic recipes contain anchovies. Many, many recipes use anchovies for a punch of flavor where the anchovies are neither recognizable visually nor by the taste buds. Anchovies are often that secret ingredient that you just can’t put your finger on, the one that really makes the recipe pop.