14 December 2010

Photos: SAPPI Seal Platform is launched

Ingrid Sinclair

The new SAPPI Seal Platform was officially unveiled today, December 14, outside Shoreline Café at the Two Oceans Aquarium. SAPPI representatives, Aquarium staff members and members of the media were on hand to witness the unveiling. Here are some photos from the day. All photographs by Ingrid Sinclair.

Click here to read about the unveiling.

An injured seal rests safely on the new SAPPI Seal Platform. It had been freed of its nooses and, while its injuries were visible and painful-looking, it’s good to know that it is now on the road to recovery.

SAPPI Group Head: Corporate Affairs André Oberholzer and Two Oceans Aquarium Managing Director Dr Patrick Garratt discuss the importance of seal conservation, and the need to raise awareness of the harm that littering can cause.

This image shows the new rope-driven gate, and a very happy, sunbathing seal.

Onlookers at today’s unveiling, including Two Oceans Aquarium Curator Michael Farquhar in the foreground.

From left: SAPPI Group Head: Corporate Affairs André Oberholzer, Two Oceans Aquarium Managing Director Dr Patrick Garratt, Assistant Curator Claire Taylor and Assistant Technical Manager Vincent Calder. Calder is showing the crowd how they cut seals free from their plastic nooses.

SAPPI Group Head: Corporate Affairs André Oberholzer cuts the red ribbon to officially open the SAPPI Seal Platform.

Cape Town’s Cape fur seals are in good hands as Table Mountain keeps an eye on proceedings.

Two Oceans Aquarium Communications and Sustainability Manager Helen Lockhart (middle) and Michael Farquhar (right) speak to the media.

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