"Scientific Name: family Clupeidae
Approx. Size: varies, up to 11 inches
Diet: planktonic crustaceans
The term “sardine” refers to a variety of small saltwater fish that move in huge schools near the surface of the water. Sardines have an iridescent, silvery color that can be very dramatic when viewing large numbers of the fish.
Sardines are very oily fish with soft bones. They are often canned for consumption but canned “sardines” are sometimes not sardines at all but are instead herring (a related fish)."