The Sardine Run is a natural and spectacle phenomenon on Earth. It is the amazing performance of time and agenda. Often, the run takes place from the end of May and can extend into late July. During this period of time, many millions of silvery sardines travel from the cold southern oceans off South Africa's Cape Point. They swim along the coastlines of the former Transkei (northern Eastern Cape) and KwaZulu-Natal that is famously known as the annual Sardine Run. The famous sardine shoals, which stretches along fifteen kilometers in length, three and a half kilometers wide and nearly forty meters deep, is totally visible from satellite. The attraction of the year's greatest feast also lies on the legions of predators that congregate en masse off the coast of South Africa.
The huge silver sardine wave is seen in nature's greatest phenomena - the annual sardine run. Millions of sardine still moves along South Africa coastline and some of them are eaten by dolphins, sharks and gannets
IT software developer Dmitry Miroshnikov amazingly captured the fabulous scenes in Port St Johns, South Africa. He said, “Diving near the bait ball is one of the most amazing, adrenalin-filled experiences in my life. Scuba diving is usually a very silent thing but not in this case.”
Sharks and gannets also join the dolphin. The sound of birds entering the water is loud enough to be described as “someone smashing a giant hammer into water”
The sardine forms into a giant ball
Many dolphins hunt the herding the sardines. According to Dmitry, it is “It is one of the greatest migrations on earth.”
In seconds, a pack of dolphins appear to hunt the fish into a bait ball and sardines try to escape
Dmitry Miroshnikov waits on the boat until the birds beginning their bombardment. Then, he dives into the water to take these amazing pictures.