Sardine Run

BW CTAAre you ready to discover, dive and document one of the Sardine Run – the worlds greatest marine event? If the answer is yes, then you have to join us on our next Sardine Run expedition. Here you will challenge yourself to the extreme. But stand a chance to enter into a select group of divers who have taken on and conquered South Africa’s famous Sardine Run.

South Africa’s Sardine Run

The Sardine Run in South Africa is recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular marine events. Annually, during June and July, vast shoals of sardines migrate from their temperate-water home off South Africa’s southern coast and travel north-east into the sub-tropical coastal waters of the Wild Coast. Following the shoals is an unparalleled concentration of marine predators including seabirds; sharks; game fish and marine mammals.

When predators meet prey, a feeding event of unmatched proportions begins. Thousands of common dolphins charge after the shoals, separating them into densely packed bait balls and driving them to the surface. Watched by the omnipresent Cape gannets, an aerial assault on the sardines occurs when tens of thousands of gannets begin their spectacular plunge diving displays. Below the birds, the bait balls are easy pickings not only for dolphins, but also for shivers of bronze-whaler, dusky and blacktip sharks. The final player, is the behemoth Bryde’s whale. Its huge mouth can decimate an entire bait ball in a single lunge.

In the late 90′s, Blue Wilderness pioneered diving expeditions to follow and film the Sardine Run. We were instrumental in epic productions such as the Emmy Award winning BBC film “The greatest shoal on Earth”. Today our team continues to annually track the Sardine Run. We are always developing new detection technologies; perfecting our observer network and retro-fitting our vessels to ensure we can again bear witness to the world’s greatest marine event.

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