Every year, the Sardine Run natural phenomenon takes place along the east coast of Africa, with sardines swimming up the Agulhas current from the south waters of Africa up along the east coast to Mozambique passing along PORT ELIZABETH; No need to say that with the sardines, comes all the predators looking for their protein-rich sardine concentrate 🙂 those are the whales (who take this opportunity….nature works wonders, to go up the stream to the warm Mozambique channel to have their calves), the sharks, the dolphins, the gannets (those are incredible birds looking like kamikaze planes hitting the sea surface and swimming deep to catch the sardine…) incredible sights!
Nelson Mandela Bay offers all this “sardine run” procession a haven, a place to rest during storms and high swells, so get to book your outing, for the day, or for the week OUT THERE and DO NOT MISS this opportunity! Contact Rainer at expert-tours or Louis at Prodive
Greater Crested Terns, or Swift Terns, (Thalasseus bergii), at the Sunday’s River mouth, 45 km from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, announcing the arrival of winter. There are an estimated 6,336 breeding pairs in South Africa and up to 1,682 pairs in Namibia. They also breed around the Indian Ocean to tje central Pacific and Australial. This species can be easily distinguished by its large size and yellow bill – Photo, April.
They are gull-like in appearance, but typically have a lighter build, long pointed wings (which give them a fast, buoyant flight), a deeply forked tail and long bulgy legs. Most species are grey above and white below, and have a black cap which is reduced or flecked with white in the winter.
A leucistic penguin (white) was found on St Croix Island in Algoa Bay, photo courtesy of Lloyd Edwards from Raggy Charters