Just seen on the news that the Sardine run is in full swing.
I miss my KZN coastal days when I see this.
Interesting thread Sprocky!
Very fascinating…the Sardine Run!! The Sardine Run is to a high extent a unique and unexplained phenomenon. The main spawning grounds for Sardines in South Africa are the Southern Cape coast where the breeding season is occurring through the spring and early summer. Sardines release their eggs in the water where it is fertilized and left to drift off.
Apparently most developing larvae are carried west and north in the Atlantic Ocean (West Coast) and the migration of huge Sardine shoals to Southern KwaZulu-Natal remains to certain extend unexplained.
Sardines follows the cold currents feeding on plankton while converging close to the surface and shoreline and once they reached Durban they move further offshore where they disappear in the big blue.
Sardines are swimming closely together for self protection (safety in numbers), but they are hunted by thousands of birds like Gannets plunging from the skies, sharks such as Bronze Whalers, Zambezi’s (Bulls), Great Whites, Hammerheads, Tigers and many more. Bottlenose and Common dolphins chases the Sardines in “bait balls” moving them closer to the surface and then they have a Sardine feast!!
This is one of the greatest spectacles on earth and gives great opportunities to birders, scuba divers and snorkellers.
Herewith a link to an update on the Sardine Run. Unfortunately this update was last updated on 31 July 2009:http://www.kznsearch.co.za/id35.htm
It seems that the Sardine Run is over now? I would also like to hear from our fellow mites down from the coast.
Took the family to see it one year. Had a beached whale in the town we stayed. Phew, the pong.
But think about it, Sanparks can make more of this occurence on the coastal parks. It is spectacular.
Agree with you on the SANParks issue Scipio!
A while back I saw an insert on TV about a beached whale that was ponging up a beach big time. The powers decided to blow it to pieces with dynamite...big mistake, the whole town was ponged!!