Monday, August 31, 2009

Sardine Run

After seeing the Sardine Run a few years ago, we decided to try our luck again this time.

The Sardine Run occurs between May and July when millions of sardines spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa. Their sheer numbers (millions) create a feeding frenzy along the coastline. It is compared to the great wildebeest migration. The shoals are often more than 7 km long, 1.5 km wide and 30 meters deep and are clearly visible from spotter planes or from the surface. When you see sardines, you also see the dolphins and the sharks! And of course – lots of people!

Well, we were too early. No sardines, but many people looking for them!

But we still had a great time! Saw whales in the distance. Chilled out on the beach and swam (winter or not - the weather was great!) and had great meals!

Did not venuture into the waters for scuba diving this time, but Roland (Africa Coastal Diver) told us they saw hundreds of Raggies and some Zambis. Next time!

Cottage Barry

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