Re­turn of Sar­dine Run

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Mfuneko Toyana

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

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