Image: Sardine Run 2013 by Jean Tresfon

Sardine run 2013 by J Tresfon on Wetpixel

Wetpixel member Jean Tresfon shot this amazing image during the 2013 Sardine Run off the Wild Coast of South Africa. He describes the scene:

We arrived at a bait ball just as the last few fish were being eaten. Oddly enough there were no common dolphins around as usually they provide the effort required to keep a bait ball static and near the surface.

However in this case there were simply so many sharks (bronzies, duskies and blacktops) that the anchovy had nowhere to go. Jumping in the water we were suddenly surrounded by literally hundreds of sharks milling around trying to figure out where the fish had gone. Slowly the sharks disappeared one by one as they realized that there was nothing left to eat, but for a while it was just a magical experience filled with great interactions.

Nikon D4 with Nikkor 16-35mm lens, 1/250 f18, IS0 1600.