Thousands of juvenile fish are dropped from a plane into Utah lakes [Video]

Thousands of juvenile fish are dropped from a plane into Utah lakes [Video]
Thousands of juvenile fish are dropped from a plane into Utah lakes [Video]
It's raining fish! Moment thousands of juvenile fish are dropped from a plane into Utah lakes as part of plan to restock 200 bodies of water that can't be reached by trucks  A plane with hundreds of gallons of water dropped 35,000 fish in a single flight The 'fingerlings,' juvenile fish under 3 inches,  'flutter down slowly' to the water The method is used to replenish fish in lakes too remote to reach by truck Aerial fish stocking has been used by officials since the 1950s Fish dropped from planes and into bodies of water have a 95-99% survival rate

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We've all heard of flying fish, but thousands of juvenile trout took a nosedive from an airplane as part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources efforts to replenish lakes.

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Video released by the Division on Friday showed countless 'fingerlings,' or fish under the age of one, released last week from a chute as the plane flew over some 200 high-elevation lakes across Utah that are not accessible by other means.

The plane holds hundreds of pounds of water and can drop 35,000 fish in a single flight without reloading, the division said in a Facebook post. 

The department indicated the fish are just one to three inches long and 'flutter down slowly' to the water.

'The air slows their drop and they fall a bit like leaves. The slower fall allows the fish to survive. If the fish were larger, the survival rate would not be as high.'

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources released thousands of fingerlings, or juvenile fish, into remote lakes to help replenish their numbers

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources released thousands of fingerlings, or juvenile fish, into remote lakes to help replenish their numbers

Aerial fish stocking has been employed in the state since the mid 1950s and the department says that survival rate is between 95 and 99 percent

According to a blog post by DWR biologist Matt

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