Swimming with sardines in Moalboal

Swoosh! Swoosh! Swishing and swarming around us is an endless wave of sardines, moving as one to avoid circling predators like tuna and mackerel.
I’m with underwater photographer Danny Ocampo and we’re diving in Moalboal, known for its “sardine run” — where millions of sardines aggregate just meters from shore.
Beneath us, hungry mackerel swoop down like dive-bombers. In an instant, dozens of hapless sardines are gone. The rest swoosh on and the bubbling free-for-all continues, floating silver scales all that’s remaining of the departed.
When I ask people about sardines, they’re usually equated with 555, Ligo, or for the more nostalgic ones, Rose Bowl (some also equ…

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