2016 Nature Photographer of the Year

| December 10, 2020

National Geographic has selected the winners of its 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year competition. This year’s grand prize winner was Greg Lecoeur’s ‘Sardine Run.’

The image gives a good idea of what the seas off the West coast of Scotland were like when the herring were plentiful.

During the sardine migration along the Wild Coast of South Africa, millions of sardines are preyed upon by marine predators such as dolphins, marine birds, sharks, whales, penguins, sailfishes, and sea lions.

In recent years, probably due to overfishing and climate change, the annual sardine run has become more and more unpredictable, unfortunately, the herring no longer run off the West coast and no doubt overfishing played its part.

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