Straying seal soaks up south coast sun

2011-06-03 00:00

BEACHGOERS spotted a sub-Antarctic fur seal along the South Coast last weekend.

On Saturday the seal was seen resting at Rocky Bay and on Monday morning it was sighted on the rocks at Doonside.

Wayne Munger of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said that with the cold front and the five-metre swells that hit the coast over the weekend, the adult seal could have felt the need to take a rest.

He said sea animals don’t always beach because they are ill: sometimes they are just tired and need to rest.

The seal was reported to be in good condition with no visible injuries except a flipper that seemed to have been nicked.

On Monday morning Ezemvelo staff watched the seal at the Doonside beach until it went back into the sea.

Munger said that if the seal was thought to be injured, uShaka Marine World would have been notified and would have taken the seal away for treatment and released it back into the sea once it has made full recovery.

“The public should notify authorities when they find a beached animal and not disturb it. Don’t cover it with blankets or feed it. The quicker the authorities can get to the animal the better,” said Munger.

When reporting an animal, be it wild or marine, the public is advised to give as much detail about the animal and the conditions surrounding it.

The exact location and directions to where the animal is and the contact name and number of the person who called about the animal should be reported.

The 24-hour hotline on which to call Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is 083 380 6298.

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