an ugly fish is swimming alone and finds a school of herring. the ugly fish swims with the herring and they become friends. then a fishing boat drags a fishing net across the ocean and catches the school of herring with the ugly fish. when they pull the net out of the water the ugly fish slips through and falls into the gears that move the pulley that brings the net up. the ugly fish gets pushed through the gears and turns into a brown paste. the herring look at the brown paste with big black eyes and move their gills very quickly.