After a day 'at leisure' in the coastal town of Swakopmund, we
visited the seal colony at Cape Cross but unfortunately the tour
itinerary allowed us only 30 minutes at what was undoubtedly the most
impressive wildlife spectacle of the whole trip. Cape Cross is a
breeding site for thousands of South African (Cape) fur seals, and
observers can get close to them via a series of wooden boardwalks.
After my return from Namibia, I was shocked to learn that the country's
Government authorises the 'harvesting' of tens of thousands of fur seal
pups and bulls every year. From 1st July to 15th November, animals
are clubbed to death at Cape Cross every morning before the tourists
arrive. I was pleased I visited in March.
The pup in the first two photos was actually on the beach at
Swakopmund. I would guess it must have been unwell to be so far
away from a colony, but maybe it stood more chance of surviving there
than at Cape Cross!