Chubby seal taking rest on Durban beach steals the show

2014-05-15 00:00

A PLUMP seal attracted some admiration and much attention when he swam ashore on Durban’s South beach yesterday.

uShaka Marine World’s Ann Kunz said that the adult male South Arctic seal is believed to have come ashore to rest.

“It is very natural for seals to come to shore, but obviously as seals are not as common a sight in KwaZulu-Natal as they are in Cape Town, he attracted much attention from those who were at the beach,” she said.

Kunz added that the only injury the seal had was on his left eye, which could have happened earlier.

“Unlike marine creatures such as dolphins, seals spend much of their time out of water. They go into water to find food and come ashore to rest and because this is a busy beach people flocked to see him,” she said.

Kunz said that the seal had been assessed by a veterinarian and would be assessed once again before being let back into the wild.

“He is quite a good looking seal; he’s actually fat and very healthy,” she said.

Staff from KZN Wildlife and uShaka Marine World had to take the seal in overnight yesterday in fear that it might be harassed or killed by humans.

The seal is set to be named and let back into the sea today.

— Witness Reporter.

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