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Cape Fur Seal, Namibia | by Zul Bhatia1
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Cape Fur Seal, Namibia

On my recent trip to Namibia, we visited the Cape Fur Seal at Cape Cross on our way from Walvis Bay to the Skeleton Coast NP.

 

The colony was a very impressive spectacle. There was so much activity, noise and atmospheric smells too. The viewing was well organised with a raised walkway giving great views and photo opportunities. There were plenty of very young pups, including the odd dead ones which attracted scavengers including Kelp Gull and Turnstone.

 

A very dramatic bit of coastline here. Very rough (hence Skeleton Coast with all the shipwrecks), huge lichen fields with them all surviving just due to sea mist as almost no rainfall). No locals living here at all as so desolate. Despite all this, there is a very posh hotel - The Cape Cross Lodge where we had very welcome tea and cakes after an hour and a half at the seal colony!

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Taken on November 11, 2011