Fur seals pay Bay a visit

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS -

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

Pic­ture: MARIZAAN FER­REIRA

LONG TREK: A sub-Antarc­tic seal at Mait­lands Beach

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