And here I was, worried I was squeezing them too hard when trying to take them off the hook.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources drops hundreds of thousands of fish out of airplanes into their mountain lakes every summer to restock them for fishing and hiking season. Without these aerial fish dumps, the state’s high-altitude southern and central lakes would be fishless.

I can imagine a fish team leader having a last minute mission talk with his fish paratroopers before the gates open and they jump.

More than 95% of the fish survive the fall from the airplane into the lake. Research also shows that around 98% of the fish think the drop was “like way super cool dude!”

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