Escalon Times —
It smells like cucumbers.
It tops out at 4 inches in length.
It is a luminous silvery blue color.
That is what a Delta smelt looks and smells like in a nutshell.
At one point the fish that have a one-year life cycle were so plentiful that they were caught and sold commercially.
Today the fish that are unique to the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta are on the verge of extinction in the wild.