By Katy Gill
An underwater photographer found himself toad-ally in awe recently, as he was suddenly surrounded by tens of thousands of migrating tadpoles.
Eiko Jones, 47, captured the up-close footage in North Campbell River, Canada, on July 24.
In the video, shocked Eiko can be seen head-on before the tadpoles – which were around a week away from metamorphosing into toadlets – started surrounding him.
As he continue his dive, more and more suddenly appeared around Eiko, majestically swimming through the lake bed plants, seemingly unfazed by coming face-to-face with the diver.
Eiko said: “It seems that they spend the daytime in the thicker parts of the underwater plants on the edges of the lakes, and then, as the day progresses, they stream out of the edges in these big schools and head into the more open and deeper part of the lake.
“I have witnessed many fish in the ocean schooling but had never expected to see tadpoles doing this behaviour, this was a first for me.”
Each year Eiko has been venturing back underwater in the hope of capturing this phenomenon, which he first photographed in 2012 to much acclaim.
This year, he said, exceeded his expectations.
Since being uploaded online, Eiko’s video has been viewed over half a million times, and the diver believes this amount of attention is a result of the nostalgia people have for tadpoles, originating from their childhood.