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WATCH | Sardine run 2018: An underwater feeding frenzy

04 July, 06:00 PM

The silvery sardine shoals travelling north up the east coast of South Africa, trying to escape the winter chill, are still causing excitement among humans and a feeding frenzy for sharks, dolphins and other predators with a fishy appetite.

Offshore Africa, a sardine run specialist operator in Port St. John, shared with News24 underwater visuals of sharks, dolphins and whales all making an appearance during this year's run.

The operators have also shared visuals of bait balls over the course of the month on social media.

According to their website, other bait fish species such as anchovies, sugar mackerel and redeye herring all have their own mini migrations during the sardine run. Each of these species, in turn, attract predators in different shapes and sizes.

Meanwhile, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) the sardine run ramped up over the weekend with commercial netters bagging at least 18 nets between Amanzimtoti and Illovo Beach, the KZN Sharks Board said in a statement.

Most of the sardine pockets were moving north and large pods of dolphin were spotted in the area.

On Tuesday, pockets of sardines were sighted at Isipingo, Umkomaas, and Umdoni Point and between Saint Mikes and Uvongo on the lower South Coast.

Greg Thompson, operations manager at the KZN Sharks Board, said shark nets had been removed from all protected beaches from the Durban Beach Front to Port Edward on the South Coast.

"The sharks board appeals to members of the public to exercise caution should they enter the water during this time," he said.

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