A typical day on the sardine run involves getting up early in the morning, sitting on the boat as you cruise down to the river mouth as the sun rises then battle the surf to get out to the ocean. You look for gannets and as soon as they move you move with them. As the gannets dive you get ready to jump in after them. Nothing prepares you for the first time you get in the water. The organised chaos that is happening below the surface is unbelievable, hundreds of sharks and dolphins go after the sardines, anchovies and red eyes until none remain. You spend a lot of the time on the water searching for bait balls. There are thousands of dolphins and whales that keep you occupied while searching for sardines. We spent a lot of time snorkeling with the dolphins and occasionally a whale would show up. On a few occasions we chased freighters in the hope of photographing dolphins leaping in front of the bow of the huge ships. All in all it was one of the best wildlife experiences I have ever experienced and I’ll be going back next year.
Video footage by:
Christine and Dudley Kelbe (kelbephotography.co.za/)
Trevor Evans and myself
Everything else was organised by the very talented diver and underwater photographer Greg De Valle and his team, sodwanadiving.co.za/
Video was shot with the following cameras:Canon 5D MKII with seacam housing, GoPro HD Hero 2 with underwater housing, Canon XA10, Nikon D4.
Music: “Collapsing Time” and “From Truth” by Dexter Britain (dexterbritain.co.uk)