We work with the Marine Wildlife Management Programme in an ongoing effort to disentangle Cape fur seals in the Cape Town harbour. Many seals become ensnared in nooses of discarded fishing lines, bait box bands, raffia cord and other plastic pollution. If left unattended, these nooses cut into the seals' flesh, causing wounds that lead to the death of the animal.
Help for the seals
Working with wildlife monitors in the V&A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation uses seal platforms to create comfortable, accessible resting spots for wild seals, where our team can teach them with disentanglement devices to free them.
More about seals
Cape fur seals live in the cold water surrounding the southern tip of Africa. In order for the seals to stay warm in these waters, they have a thick layer of blubber under their skin and a double-layered coat. Seals feed on a number of shoaling fish species that occur around the South African coast. They are keen hunters and often hunt octopuses, crabs and crayfish.