While we may be missing the Sardine Run festivities this year, talented photographers are making sure we still get to see the beauty on our screens.
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (24 June 2020) – Casey Pratt has been waiting patiently for the Sardines to make their way to her little slice of heaven. The Sardine run has been making headlines on all platforms and has many people excited.
Usually, it is a much bigger affair but due to restrictions on tourism, only the people in the area are able to witness the run this year. Thankfully, may are talented photographers and have been sharing their sightings with the rest of the world.
We have been reporting on the Sardine run for 2020 since the start of June. One of our features was underwater photos of the phenomenon. These are drone images thanks to Casey.
“Yesterday we had such a beautiful afternoon watching the sardines arrive. They’ve been hanging just south of us round Scottburgh for the past week and it was absolutely amazing watching the sea come to life, the Cape Gannets put on a show. An absolutely spectacular afternoon off the Bluff.” – Casey Pratt
The sardine run of occurs from May through July when billions of Southern African sardines spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the East Coast of South Africa.
It is such a spectacle because sightings of dolphins, seals, sharks and birds are more common and you get to see them hunting like never before. It is a literal feeding frenzy.
“Sardines off the Bluff this morning shimmering silver in the morning light. Plenty far out with a few smaller pockets just off the backline. The sea is so alive with so much activity.”