Large number of Cape fur seals die-off along the West Coast

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Sea Search Research and Conservation said there is a massive Cape Fur seal mortality event unfolding along the West Coast after a large number of dead seals were reported last month and seem to be continuing.

Deff director of communications Zolile Nqayi said two of their technicians and scientists were sent out on an inspection visit at the onset of these mortalities last month. However, numbers were low at the time and only four of the encountered carcasses were sampled for veterinary tests, of which preliminary observations revealed the carcasses had signs of undernourishment and malnutrition.

Carcasses of Cape Fur seals in Elands Bay amid a mass mortality event unfolding along the West Coast. Picture: Tess Gridley/Sea Search “We think this may be indicative of the overfishing that’s been taking place for many years in the environment and in addition to the entanglements we’re seeing in Cape fur seals – perhaps a larger issue here is the competition for food resources,” said Gridley.


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