BEHIND THE SHOT: SARDINE DREAM
This image was taken during the annual sardine run along South Africa’s Wild Coast, said to be the largest migration of a species on earth. It’s amazing – there’s an influx of ocean mammals, fish and birds wherever you look, a total delight to the senses.
THE SARDINE RUN IS THE LARGEST MIGRATION OF A SPECIES ON PLANET EARTH
I took this shot in winter, when jumping in and out of the water can be a little tough – especially on days when the water is colder than usual!
This was one of those days and, after photographing a pod of dolphin, I got back on the boat and tried my best to warm up in the sun.
One of the others on the boat jumped into the water shouting “Come on guys, it’s amazing down here with the fish”. Initially I thought there was no way would get back in there, and so I sat for a while. Eventually FOMO set in and I took the plunge, only to find the most beautiful sight around me.
Waves of sardines were moving in synchrony, touching the surface and racing back down again, the light dancing off their silver bodies. It was breathtaking and I quickly forgot about the temperature, spending the next hour in the ocean with them.