Kids feed seals for tourists

2013-01-16 13:02
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Cape Town - Young boys who dangle fish from their mouths to attract seals at Hout Bay harbour are not only putting their lives in danger but are contravening the law, according to a report on Tuesday.

Former master of the Western Cape harbour Pat Stacey told the Cape Times the boys fed the seals in this manner in the hope of collecting a few rand from tourists.

But in 2009, a 14-year-old boy was dangling over the jetty with a fish in his mouth when a seal jumped from the water and bit him on his mouth.

"We always had a problem with people feeding seals, it was a constant battle and now it's carrying on," Stacey said.

The act is illegal under the Seabirds and Seals Protection Act of 1973.

Hout Bay local Danny "Blitz" Abrahams previously faced charges under the act after feeding seals for many years, according to the report.

He enticed a large male seal known as "Pietie Boy" onto a jetty where he fed it fish and charged tourists R10 to be photographed sitting on the animal.

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