So you're a sardine. You look, act, and swim like millions of your fishy comrades. How do you possibly break away from the crowd and make a name for yourself?
The answer is: You don't. You embrace who you are, fall into rank, and join a traveling fish school that specializes in synchronized swimming.
In the video below, filmed at a dive center in the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of sardines dance, sway, twist, and twirl as a single shimmering underwater cloud.
Truly mesmerizing, it recalls Jacques Cousteau's famous quote: "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."
According to Treehugger, the sardine's synchronized swimming skills are the result of delicate sensors that detect the slightest change in direction of its comrades.
The video is also a nice excuse to point out that in an era when seemingly every swimming morsel in the sea is overfished, the sardine is not. In fact, it's thriving.
U.S. fishermen are allowed to catch roughly 80,000 tons each year, a haul that the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list labels "sustainable."