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2006-06-29_16-48-12

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A small Sardine Bait ball made up primarily of Red-Eye Sardine (Etrumeus sadina) with some Natal Sardines (Sardinops sagax ) mixed in. These baitballs are formed as a defensive tactic against the predators on the Sardine Run, but unfortunately is not very effective against the mass of predators with only the rare sardine escaping a serious attack.
Each year, starting as early as June and lasting through August, millions of tons of sardines migrate up the east coast of South Africa.

· Date: Fri December 15, 2006 · Reference ID: 1616/22006-06-29_16-48-12 · Views: 3028 ·
Keywords: indian ocean sardines pilchards herring red-eyes sardine run defense blue water migration

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Common Dolphins attack a Sardine Bait Ball
Paul Osmond


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