Selso heads back south after 8?000?km trip

2015-03-24 00:00

SELSO the seal is on his way back to the Antarctic after spending three months at the Bayworld Aquarium in Port Elizabeth.

The young elephant seal first beached at Southbroom on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast in June 2013, where he was rescued by researchers.

After spending seven months in rehabilitation at uShaka Marine World, he was released off the coast of Port Elizabeth.

From there, he travelled southwards at a ­leisurely pace, reaching the Antarctic shelf four months after entering the water.

After spending a week feeding in Antarctic waters, he headed straight towards South Africa, stopping off for two days on Marion Island.

In a statement from uShaka yesterday, they said after beaching in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve on the November 15, 2014, and spending three months at Bayworld Aquarium in Port Elizabeth, Selso was re-released off the Eastern Cape coast on February 27.

Scientists were able to retrieve a satellite tag attached to the seal containing 10 months of data which was recorded every four minutes. This data detailed the depth, temperature, ­duration and location of Selso’s dives as he travelled the distance of more than 8 000 kilometres from South Africa to the Antarctic and back.

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