NAMIBIA SNAPSHOTS - (Up the Skeleton Coast - Cape fur seals II)

by Antonio Gil October. 03, 2013 5435 views

The unpleasant odor at Cape Cross is a combination of dead seals, excrement and strong wind that entwine the smell of the sea with the aromas of over 210,000 (breeding) seals. Nose plugs are optional!
On the mainland they are at risk from black-backed jackals and brown hyenas. At sea, sharks and killer whales prey on the Cape fur seal. Apart from its exceptional swimming and hunting abilities, they have ridges on their soles of their flippers. This helps them climb wet, slippery surfaces such as rocks. They have sharp and pointed teeth which grips slimy seafood, but small fish are swallowed whole, head first so that fish scales do not scratch their mouths.
Adult males are larger than adult females. Males are 1.9m - 2.3m long and weigh between 200-350kg. Females are between 1.3m long and weigh between 40 – 80kg.

CAPE CROSS SEAL COLONY - VIDEO [youtube.com]

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Helen Hooker 5 years, 11 months ago

Amazing creatures - thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Roxanne 5 years, 11 months ago

wow fascinating facts! i did wonder about the smell. i like the silhouette.

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Christa 5 years, 11 months ago

Focas mortas e excrementos.... e também não devem escovar os dentes! Imagino o cheiro, mas mesmo assim ainda são simpáticas :)

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Francesc 5 years, 11 months ago

Great set and post!!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes, don't they smell horrible.
Good shots of the smelly creatures.

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Geowi 5 years, 11 months ago

Very nice shots, j'aime beaucoup le spectacle

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Josy 5 years, 11 months ago

Oui, l'odeur pestilentielle nécessite le pine-nez :))
Mais quel spectacle !

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Rachel Mvm 5 years, 11 months ago

great captures especially the second one! great info too!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Glo B 5 years, 11 months ago

what brave souls...I like how the sunlight illuminates the colours of the seals fur in the third shot ;)

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Marina 5 years, 11 months ago

Lovly creatures!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 5 years, 11 months ago

Gorgeous! Was it on the menu?

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Patricia Gonzales 5 years, 11 months ago

Love #2 ... so real!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 5 years, 11 months ago

They are beautiful Antonio :) I only seen seal here once

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Sreekumar Marar 5 years, 11 months ago

210,000 seals!? Man, What do they get to fill up their stomachs?

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Alexphotorgraphy 5 years, 11 months ago

Again perfect set!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 11 months ago

Nice edits - glad we can't smell them.

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
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