Return of Sardine Run
FISHERMEN on South Africa’s east coast were treated on Friday to a sight they had waited five years to see, as millions of sardines swam in from the Indian Ocean, almost hurling themselves into nets.
Each year during the southern hemisphere’s winter months from June to August throngs of fish lovers gather on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline in anticipation of a phenomenon dubbed the “Sardine Run”.
The shimmering shoals of fish can stretch up to 7km and are sometimes likened to the great wildebeest migrations on the Serengeti plain of east Africa.
In recent years the volume of fish travelling up from their cold water habitats in the west has slowed. Early signs are that the great Sardine Run has returned. – Reuters