The Sardines Have Made an Appearance on the South Coast!!
Locals and Fishermen were thrilled with the early arrival of sardines on the South Coast in Margate today. Approximately 100 crates were netted just after lunchtime today.
Fishermen who were present said that it was rather unusual for the infamous silver fish to make such an early appearance on our shores. “They usually appear when the waters are much colder. We suspect that the storm that has been predicted over the next few days may have brought them closer to shore.” said one fisherman. The current price of the sardines are R700 per crate!!
The early arrival of the sardines has brought much delight to local fishermen as this means that they will be accompanied by schools of other fish which include salmon, Garrick and even sharks.
The sardines made a very late and sparse arrival last year so hopefully we can expect more of them as the sardine season draws closer.
The Greatest Shoal on Earth.
The Sardine Run is much more than numerous glistening shoals of sardines moving up the coast. It involves and affects many marine animals and can be witnessed from the shore, the sea or the air, and from above or below the clean waters of the Indian Ocean. Great White Sharks, Copper Sharks, Common Dolphins, and Cape Gannets are four key predators that pursue the shoals northwards along the east coast of South Africa.
The shoals can get up to 20-30km long and the feeding displays that result are spectacular. Sharks and dolphins round up the sardines into huge “bait balls”, only to be consumed by the predators. White clouds of Cape Gannets plunge into the water like jet fighter planes, pods of common dolphins join together to herd the sardines through “super pods” several thousand strong, and hundreds of sharks join in pursuit. The South Coast offers several vantage points along its magnificent 120km long coastline for you to take full advantage of the experience from the comfort of a deck-chair.
The following post was found on the www.thesardine.co.za website today:
After confirmed reports by the Kingfisher fishing report, that real sardines were being caught on Sabiki’s down at Port Edward, bays along the south coast were littered with small pockets of sardines. Umtentweni had some right in the breakers, almost coming into the pool. Sunwich Port had three shoals come flying across the bay, really shallow.
What this all means, we can’t even say – but it’s the first sardine activity in a while, down here so far. But. The aloes have bloomed, and there is a hint of sardine fever in the all the car parks today.
Happy Sardine Season!