Are you ready to join me on an expedition of discovery, diving and adventure? If the answer is yes, then you have to join me on our next Sardine Run expedition with my shark diving company – Blue Wilderness. Here you will open yourself to one of the worlds most challenging but rewarding SCUBA diving expeditions!
The Sardine Run in South Africa is recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular marine events. The run occurs annually between May 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 Eastern Cape. Following these immense shoals are masses of marine predators including seabirds; sharks; game fish, dolphins and whales.
When the predators meet the prey, a feeding event of unmatched proportions kicksoff. Hundreds of common dolphins charge after the shoals, separating them into packed bait balls and driving them to the surface. Watched by the hovering Cape gannets, an aerial assault on the sardines occurs when 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, my company, 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 I guide our team on expeditions to track down the sardine shoals, we you can enjoy what is one of natures truly incredible events.