Sardine Fever takes over KwaZulu-Natal

Posted by Imogen Searra on 25 June 2020

The Sardine Run, also known as the ‘Greatest Shoal on Earth’, is a natural phenomenon that sees massive sardine shoals move along South Africa’s east coast toward KwaZulu-Natal. With them, comes all sorts of predators: gannets, dolphins, sharks, whales and more. It is an incredible display of oceanic food chains.

This year has been a bit different though. With lockdown restrictions in place, those not residing near the Eastern Cape or KZN coast have had to live vicariously through social media to get their fix of the Run.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Environmental Affairs announced on June 13 that only those with permits are allowed to participate in this year’s Sardine Run, not members of the public according to Update South Africa.

Take a look at some of the impressive photos and footage of this year’s Sardine Run below:

 

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Sardine fever right on our doorstep this morning 🐟 . . . #sardinerun #sardinerun2020 #sardinefever #foodfromthesea

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#AFSN #sardinerun2020 #illovobeach #southafrica

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Finalist – My Broken Heart – This was taken during the 2019 Sardine Run, at Port St Johns. The belief had always been that without the
presence of fast-moving common dolphins, other predators are incapable of keeping a bait ball
together. However, here the blacktip sharks formed a virtual cage around the fish, trapping any possible escape routes. It was a moving experience and I could not help but feel sorry for the school of
sardines, which is where my image title comes from.
By Geo Cloete, Wellington.
Nikon D300, Tokina 10-17mm, ISO 200, f/13, 1/200sec

 

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#sardinerun2020

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The Sardine Run is in our hometown and it is an incredible year! We’ve never seen a shoal that big 😎🦈🇿🇦 -.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-. La Sardine Run est arrivée dans la ville où nous sommes basés et c’est une année incroyable! Nous n’avons jamais vu de banc aussi grand 😎🦈🇿🇦 . Booking & Informations ℹ️ www.fittrip-travel.com . #fittrip #africanfitscovery #crossfit #crosstrip #diving #divingtrip #hiking #hikingtrip #golf #golftrip #surf #surftrip #plongeesousmarine #plongee #sardinerun #sardinerun2020 #afriquedusud #safari #voyageentreamis #voyageenfamille #voyageenamoureux #voyagedereve #bucketlistideas #bucketlist #shark Picture by @noelmcdonogh & @henniepotgieterphotography

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Image credit: Geo Cloete / Getaway Gallery

 

Read: Sardines, sharks and the South Coast

Also read: Sardine Run begins in Ramsgate, KwaZulu-Natal






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