Fur seals pay Bay a visit
THREE sub-Antarctic fur seals which swam thousands of kilometres to get to South Africa are being housed at Bayworld.
The seals, which have been washing ashore since last month, are being rehabilitated at Bayworld before being released back into the wild.
The latest addition was caught at Maitlands beach yesterday morning.
Bayworld marine mammal curator and marine biologist Dr Greg Hofmeyr said yesterday that all three seals were about 18 months old.
“They could have come from a number of islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It is likely that they swam more than 2 000km to get here,” he said.
The first seal washed ashore near Aston Bay in June, followed by another last Sunday.
The latest was when the third seal was reported at Maitlands.
“After we are alerted, a team goes out to assess the animal,” Hofmeyr said.
“If it is a young seal and in poor health, we bring it to Bayworld for rehabilitation.
“If, however, the animal appears to be in good health, it is left on the beach, as most likely it is resting.” – Gareth Wilson
LONG TREK: A sub-Antarctic seal at Maitlands Beach