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  • Writer's pictureNatasha Posnett

The West Coast seal crisis

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

Cape Fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) are an iconic part of Cape Town’s marine life. Charismatic, curious and playful; people have always enjoyed watching them and learning about their behaviour. So, at the end of September, when these charming animals started washing up dead more regularly onto beaches along the West Coast, it caught people’s attention, and they began asking questions. Now, over two months after the issue was acknowledged, these sad events are still happening, and definitive answers are still required.

I interviewed Jacques Nel, founder of the West Coast Seal Project, to gain more information on recent events and hear his opinion on what is happening.

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