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Otters enjoying the Cape’s Sardine Run

Posted by on December 20, 2011

An interesting phenomena occurred off the Cape beaches recently. Near the end of November, thousands of sardines were trapped very close inshore, off the beaches of Hout Bay, Noordhoek, Kommetjie and Scarborough. Scientists suggest this may be due to (non toxic) red tides that have depleted the oxygen supply and driven the sardines inshore. The large shoals of sardine attracted hundreds of seals, seabirds and even an otter. An otter was spotted picking through some of the sardine on Kommetjie beach. On the same weekend, I spotted this otter coming out of the water after an early morning foraging trip.


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