The ocean awakes and the thrill is simply indescribable when the annual Great Sardine Run takes off. A natural phenomenon when massive schools of sardines migrate from the colder waters around the Cape to the warmer waters of Kwa-Zulu Natal to give birth to their offspring. On their return to the Cape they are closely followed by thousands of dolphins, birds, fish of prey, whales and sharks. The Sardine run occurs during the months of June and July.
The oldest known record of the run is a mention in the Natal Mercury newspaper of 4 August 1853. More recently, the run has been the subject of natural history documentaries (e.g. the BBC’s Nature's Great Events) and printed popular media.
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