Sardines have arrived in droves on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape – officially kicking off the ‘The Greatest Shoal On Earth’ known to locals as the Sardine Run.
It is one year to the day that the sardines arrived last season – they were netted at Ramsgate, Southbroom and Marina Beach.
On Sunday, 30 May sardine watchers predicted that they would swim to shore along the coastline on Monday – and they were spot on. Shoals of silvery sardines were netted at Port Edward – over 100 baskets according to local fishermen in the area.
More are expected to make their way to the shore later..
Dubbed ‘The Greatest Shoal On Earth’ – this rare phenomena only happens along the South African coastline when millions of sardines make their way to the warm waters of Mozambique. Together in this massive feast of fish are sharks, whales, seagulls, dolphins and other species of fish that get caught up in the ruckus.
It is a natural wonder that can only be experienced in this part of the world. Tourists from all over the world visit the area in the early winter just so they can experience this rare occurrence.