Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) competing for food at the pond of the Royal Palace Agdal of Marrakech in Morocco
Herring gulls (Larus argentatus) and great black-backed gulls (Larus marinus) in Vestfjord, Norway eating fish remnants after fishers cleaned their catch.

In ecology, a feeding frenzy occurs when predators are overwhelmed by the amount of prey available. The term is also used as an idiom in the English language.

Examples in nature

For example, a large school of fish can cause nearby sharks, such as the lemon shark, to enter into a feeding frenzy.[1] This can cause the sharks to go wild, biting anything that moves, including each other or anything else within biting range. Another functional explanation for feeding frenzy is competition amongst predators.[2] This term is most often used when referring to sharks or piranhas.[3]

English language uses

It has also been used as a term within journalism.[3]

The term is occasionally used to describe a plethora of something. For instance, a 2016 Bloomberg News article is entitled: "March Madness Is a Fantasy Sports Feeding Frenzy."[4] In economics the term can be used to describe the economics of the music industry, as large music companies acquired smaller music companies.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Bright, Michael (2000). The private life of sharks : the truth behind the myth. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-2875-7.
  2. ^ Staddon. Adaptive Behavior and Learning. Foraging and Behavioral Ecology. Retrieved from: Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Feeding frenzy:how attack journalism has transformed American politics, Sabato, Larry., Macmillan., 1991
  4. ^ Brustein, Joshua; Broudway, Ira (10 March 2016). "March Madness is a Sports Feeding Frenzy". Bloomburg News. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  5. ^ Anderson, David A. (2007). Economics. New York, New York: Worth Publishers. p. 93. ISBN 9780716769347. Retrieved 3 November 2021.