Sardine Run 2017 (Day 8)
Day 8 report.
Sardine Run 2017.
Day 8 started off with a easy launch into the ocean which made a change, the conditions further out were a little more difficult to start with due to strong winds. We had a bit of action almost immediately with dolphins hunting and diving gannets. We ventured out a little deeper into cleaner water and the strong winds suddenly seem to drop off, all of a sudden we had perfect weather conditions and great visibility. Not long after, we dived onto a bait ball with dolphins diving birds, dusky and bronze whalers sharks all feeding at the same time. Awesome the sardine run 2017 in full swing. For the next few hours we were in and out of the water, sometimes on scuba and the rest on snorkel as the bait balls were moving incredible quick. We had more sharks, dolphins, gannets and during one feeding frenzy a large brydes whale came through the sardines twisting on his side as he took a huge mouthful of food. Everyone was in disbelief as to what was happening the sardine run 2017 was once again putting on a show for us. We had several more whales and even a loggerhead turtle swam with us. The ocean kept giving, although at this point our energy levels were running low, we had witnessed some incredible marine encounters, our skipper said “its like turing on tv, watching there greatest shoal on earth and dropping you guys in the middle of it”. He couldn’t have put it better. After a thrilling but exhausting day we decided to head back to the lodge. On route we joined a pod of 8, yes 8 humpback whales. What else could you ask for in one day. I don’t think there is another place earth that could rival the wild coast at this time of year. If you would like to experience the sardine run yourself, get in touch we are already taking bookings for next years adventure. Love the Sardine Run 2017, cannot wait until tomorrow.
Below video footage by customer Jamie Orr.