NAMIBIA SNAPSHOTS - (Up the Skeleton Coast - Cape Cross)

by Antonio Gil September. 30, 2013 6441 views

The coastline of Southern Africa is the only place in the world where you can find the Cape fur seal. They fight, mate, reproduce and fish in the Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to the largest breeding colony of these seals on the planet, with at times up to 210,000 seals present during November and December. But it hasn't always been a cacophony of bleats and barks filling the air.

In 1486, the celebrated Portuguese seafarer and explorer, Diego Cão, erected a padrâo, which is a stone pillar topped by a cross, establishing his country's claim to the territory. He was searching for a sea route around Africa to India. The cross became a landmark and an important 15th century navigational aid known as ‘The Cabo de Padrâo’ and eventually Cape Cross in English.

Padrão erected by the Portuguese explorer - Diogo Cão

Cape fur seal

They smell like wet dog and the noise is incredible - see video


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Roxanne 7 years, 11 months ago

how insane. that beautiful chaos and community of seals! so fascinating. the crosses and circles of stones are rather bizarre also. amazing area you travelled to.

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Christa 7 years, 11 months ago

É admirável como os padrões ainda estão tão limpos e direitos como se fossem lá postos ontem. Quanto às focas e o video... não parece a praia de Carcavelos num domingo de Agosto?? :))

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Francesc 7 years, 11 months ago

Great set and post I love the last one

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Marina 7 years, 12 months ago

Great post!! love 1 gives feeling of infinity

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Gonia 7 years, 12 months ago

very pretty places and pictures! so egzotic!

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Shaghayegh Yassemi 7 years, 12 months ago

seems like there is something mysterious in this photos. I don't know why but I feel like mysterious stories are coming to your posts my friend :)

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Tomie Poodle 7 years, 12 months ago

Une vue impressionnante! je dois préciser que tomie mouillé sent bon :)

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Sreekumar Marar 7 years, 12 months ago

Never expected that you would come across seals on this desert trip! Seen the video - indeed the sound rips out your ears!

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G B 7 years, 12 months ago

fascinating location, and history too!

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Josy 7 years, 12 months ago

C'est un endroit magique!!

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Alexphotorgraphy 7 years, 12 months ago

Great set expectly third shot!

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Marilyn Grimble 7 years, 12 months ago

I loved the seals - they were so tame!!

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