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Every year during the southern hemisphere winter months, one of the greatest migrations in nature occurs along the east coast of South Africa. It’s called the Sardine Run, when over half a billion sardines make their way to warmer seas further up the coast, relentlessly pursued by whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, penguins and seabirds. And a little further far behind are the trawlers to scoop up masses of fish to appease the world’s food demands.
The Sardine Run is a natural phenomenon and the tiny fish gather in vast numbers as a means of protection against the many predators that hunt them. Dolphins cleverly herd the fish to form ‘bait balls’ into which the dolphins can plunge and easily pick off their prey. High above are the gannets who dive at great speeds into the shoal while from below, the giant Bryde’s whale appears from the depths, mouth wide open to gather as many fish as... Show more