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    WILD COAST BEACH, TRANSKEI, SOUTH AFRICA

    The largest shoals of sardines seen off the coast of South Africa of twenty years came along the Transkei coast on June 15.

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    1. GTV Crowded beach PAN TO sea with sardines. (3 SHOTS) 0.15
    2. GV Beach PAN TO sardines on beach. (3 SHOTS) 0.25
    3. GV People and tractor clearing up sardines. (5 SHOTS) 0.59
    4. GV Tractor pulling trailer full of sardines and helped by workers. (2 SHOTS) 1.22
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    Background: WILD COAST BEACH, TRANSKEI, SOUTH AFRICA

    The largest shoals of sardines seen off the coast of South Africa of twenty years came along the Transkei coast on June 15. Hundreds of tonnes of the fish were washed up in a natural phenomenon that depends on the strength of currents in the Southern Indian Ocean. The sardines migrate annually from the Southern Atlantic, around the Cape and northwards into the Indian Ocean. When the warm water currents are in a more northerly direction, the shoals are forced onto the South African coast. This year the Natal Anti-Shark Board had to order the lifting of coastal shark nets to allow the shoals onto the shore. However, about 45 sharks became caught in the nets. The sardines covered an area of more than 400 square metres after being washed ashore on the Wild Coast beach - a popular tourist resort. Bulldozers were used to try to clear the fish after hotel owners said the smell would often potential visitors. One hotel manager, Mr. Rick Lander, said the resort had been left with a "smelly problem" on its hands. But many local people welcomed the sardine invasion, and took the opportunity to stock up on some free fish.

    Source: SABC

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    Film ID:
    VLVAT7DVXMLW4J4AUPQ3ODVL3EUK
    Media URN:
    VLVAT7DVXMLW4J4AUPQ3ODVL3EUK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
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    N/A

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