Introduction: Pilchards (Sardinops ocellatus) are also known worldwide as sardines. They are a spindle-shaped fish with a short, deep toothless lower jaw in the mouth. They form huge shoals offshore and are often confused with the red-eye sardine. Sardinops means 'sardine-like' and ocellatus means 'spotted'. Pilchards are an important fodder food for larger gamefish, birds, dolphins, seals and humans.
Diet: Krill, larval crabs and other small crustaceans.
Colouration: Overall body colour silver with a bluish dorsal surface. The belly is white.
Breeding: Traditional breeding grounds are located off the Namibian coastline with sexual maturity reached when the fish exceed 20cm.
Max size: 30cm.
3 Days - A Sossusvlei trip including guided nature drives & visits to the dunes as well as a balloon safari
3 Days - NamibRand Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful desert areas in Namibia - this fully inclusive trip visits this scenic area
3 Days - Swakopmund on the Namibian coast is the destination of this self drive tour
4 Days - Etosha & Ongava reserve offer excellent wildlife viewing
12 Days - Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha & Ongava Reserves, Okonjima