South Africa's east coast - Durban and the Great Sardine Run (mareTV)
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A great natural spectacle takes place on South Africa's east coast, once every year, when huge swarms of sardines pass by. Abed Khan and his 30-man-strong troupe participate in the Great Sardine Run. With jeeps and rubber dinghys in tow, they speed along the coast and attempt to find the right moment in which to cast their nets. Always punctual, one authority also has its hands full with the one sea creature it is responsible for: the shark. The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board has the task of keeping the predators away from the bathing coast, without endangering the stocks of any of the species, such as the Great White. The locals call the waterscape north of Durban, a sprawling lake district that flows into a lagoon in the Indian Ocean, Miracle. The Isimangaliso Wetland Park is home to hippos, rhinos, humpback whales and elephants. As a gamekeeper, Tony Hewitt has to keep an eye on his fosterlings every day, as most of the species are endangered. Ecocide and poachers make life for both wildlife and the rangers extremely difficult.