The sardine run of southern Africa occurs from May through July when billions of sardines spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward, past Durban along the east coast of South Africa.
Their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy along the coastline. The run, containing millions of individual sardines, occurs when a current of cold water heads north from the Agulhas Bank up to Mozambique where it then leaves the coastline and goes further east into the Indian Ocean.
It is believed that the water temperature has to drop below 21 °C in order for the migration to take place. The shoals are often more than 7 km long, 1.5 km wide and 30 metres deep. Hopefully we get to see them this year.
1. The elegant coconut octopus is found in the tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean.
Mario Neumann
2. A clownfish and eel meet for the first time.
Tomasz Grabowiecki
3. An Elegant Blu Half-Moon Betta Fish
4. Tadpoles in a Lilly Pond
Eiko Jones
5. In an amazing display, fish hitch a ride on the back of a whale shark.
Alexander Safonov
6. The vibrant weedy seadragon carries fertilized eggs.
Richard Wylie
7. The sardine run in Durban, South Africa sees billions of fish form into unimaginably large groups as they migrate to warmer waters.
8. Beautiful Baby seal underwater
Kyle McBurnie
9. Shark catches its prey in midair
Chris McLennan
10. Tiny baby octopii emerge from their strange pods.
Simon Chandra / National Geographic

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