06 September 2012
Infographic: Sardines, the stars of South Africa's annual "Sardine Run"
The annual Sardine Run occurs in South African waters every end of May/June & July when millions of individual sardines, which are usually only as long as 15 cm, spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the coast of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal into Mozambique. The shoals (a large group of sardines) are often more than 7 km long, 1.5 km wide and 30 m deep and are clearly visible from spotter planes or from the surface. Following the shoals is a caravan of predators, seabirds, sharks, game fish and marine mammals with little else but a feeding frenzy on their mind. Kudos Earth-Touch!