Sardine run to hit KZN within weeks

Sardine run to hit KZN within weeks

The sardine run will possibly hit KwaZulu-Natal waters within weeks. 

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The KZN Sharks Board did a flight observation of the silverfish in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.


The board's Greg Thompson says there were several shoals spotted moving towards KZN. 


"This flight was fairly eventful with some decent size shoals of sardines sighted between Mngazana Mouth and The Kraal, which is just south of Brazen Head. These shoals were just behind the backline, moving slowly north. 

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"The most concentrated activity sighted was further south between the Kei River Mouth right through to Gonubie."


He says thousands of cape gannets and dolphins were also sighted in that area - while humpback whales and other animals were spotted moving in a northerly direction between the Xhora Mouth and the Dwesa Reserve. 


"These indications are all positive that the sardines are making their way up the Eastern Cape towards KwaZulu-Natal and are possibly a few weeks away. However, there have been many occasions in the past when predictions and opinions have been totally incorrect. 


"These fish can move through in the deep and out of sight of most of the predators and arrive in KZN without warning. Then there is always the possibility that they continue moving north on the deeper line and we don't get to see them at all."

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