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Nosipho Gumede
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20 May 2022
15:46

KZN Sharks board conducts observation flights for Sardine run

Nosipho Gumede

The KZN Sharks Board conducted a sardine observation flight into the Eastern Cape waters on Thursday.

The KZN Sharks Board conducted a sardine observation flight into the Eastern Cape waters on Thursday.

They found that a few areas were still fairly quiet.

“When we got to Mboyti, we started seeing the first signs of sardine related activity with approximately 600 common dolphins spread out in small groups all the way through to Poenskop, just north of Port St Johns,” said a statement from the board.

Umngazana also had a sardine related activity with numerous groups of common and bottlenose dolphin.

Rame Head had in excess of 15 shoals of sardines all accompanied by dolphins. The activity continued off Hluleka where there was scattered pockets as well as two very large shoals of sardines with shark activity.

According to the statement, these indications are all positive that the sardines are making their way up from the Eastern Cape towards KwaZulu-Natal.

“There is a possibility that the predicted cold front for this weekend is pretty well timed. A cold front can often enhance the movements of the shoals and cause them to move inshore and north at a rapid pace. However there have been many occasions in the past when predictions and opinions have been totally incorrect,” read the statement.

The next flight to East London is scheduled for May 26, however this is dependent on weather conditions. The head of operations of the KZN Sharks Board will continue to update information on activity as and when flights have been completed.