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Coast
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! 
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