Sardines sighted at Coffee Bay and expected to reach Durban soon

2014-07-08 00:00

AFTER weeks of careful monitoring, boat launch controller Tommy Barnard from Hibiscus Municipality finally confirmed that sardines were sighted yesterday at Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast.

“Dolphins and birds have accumulated in their dozens on the coast following a feast that should be arriving soon. Since we are having extremely cold weather, the sardines should be arriving soon as the water temperature is nice and cold,” Barnard said.

“Predicting when the sardines will reach Durban, is however difficult as it is determined by the wind, sea conditions, tides and sea temperature.”

According to the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board, water temperature must be 21 degrees or less before the sardines will arrive. Yesterday, the water registered 20 degrees, according the Sharks Board site.

The shoals were reported to have arrived in Coffee Bay yesterday and were spotted all the way through to Port St Johns. “Other than that, there were no signs whatsoever on the South Coast beaches of sardines yet,” Barnard said.

Barnard added that he was hopeful as the water temperature was getting to a desired temperature ready for the shoals to make their way onto KZN shores.

“Divers have said that the sardines are making bait balls in an effort to protect themselves as they draw in other sea life such as sharks and dolphins,” he said.

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