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400 seals stranded on CT beaches

2011-12-09 20:23

Johannesburg - Nearly 400 seal pups were stranded along the False Bay coastline on Friday, the City of Cape Town's disaster risk management centre said.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said about 100 seal pups were washed ashore between Sunrise Circle near Muizenberg and Strandfontein Beach.

About 300 other pups were stranded on Kommetjie beach.

Solomons-Johannes said: "A scientist told us that the phenomenon is associated with the breeding season of seals, very rough seas, and strong wind conditions."

He said seal pups were vulnerable during high winds and rough sea conditions and could find themselves in distress if they could not swim and that was why they died.

Members of the public were asked to be vigilant along the False Bay coastline because the mass stranding had resulted in the increase of shark activity.

Shark spotters had hoisted red flags along Muizenberg, Simonstown, St James and Fish Hoek beaches, said Solomons-Johannes.

Comments
  • MornĂ© - 2011-12-09 21:20

    Wales and dolphins get stranded as they have no means of returning after being beached. The seals did not get stranded, they got washed up after they died. If a healthy seal ends up on the beach it would just waddle back into the surf. It is pedantic, but necessary, to point this out.

      velastardust - 2011-12-09 22:00

      @ Morne. What caused the death of so many seal pups I wonder? Just sea and wind conditions?

      Morné - 2011-12-09 22:35

      Sorry. That should be whales. @ Velastardust: I'm no expert, but I think the young pups get washed into the sea and drown as they are not yet strong enough to swim in these severe conditions. It would be nice if the article was a bit more clear on this.

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-10 08:35

      One wonders sometimes at the ability of some reporters to grasp the english language. Completely different meaning between stranded and washed up dead, so not pedantic at all Morne.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-10 10:33

    @ Morne': Pedantic = Wales and England, whales and dolphins :D

  • Gail - 2011-12-10 13:30

    300 and 100? Stranded alive or washed up dead? We actually don't need censorship as we seem to have stupid reporters who are incapable of verifying and correcting their own articles and expect the computer to do it for them. Sharks don't come on shore so maybe these seals are alive but can't return to the water because of the danger of sharks. Of course it is probably just Climate change we must blame for causing those unpleasant condition. Anyone fancy being Moses or King Canute and turning back the waves?

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