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What is the difference between a shoal of fish and a school of fish?

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A shoal of fish is a group of fish of the same or different species staying together to save themselves from predators and for other reasons such as food etc....

However, a school of fish is a more organized group of fish of the same species moving together in the same direction and at the same speed. It is just like the name suggests "A school" which has children wearing the same uniform and following the same curriculum, similarly a school of fish also has fish of the same species moving and living together...

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