Authorities in the Western Cape are worried about the alarming number of seal deaths recently. Nearly two hundred animals were buried on Tuesday, 9 November and hundreds more reportedly died over the past weekend but actually, the situation is much much worse than the official narrative, someone didn't do their homework or they just don't want us to know the true story!
There is a famous phrase: what comes out of the ocean is an indication as to the health of what's in the ocean... The western coast of Africa, which was once a paradise is now showing signs of collapse.The Western Cape MEC of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, said the provincial government is investigating the seal deaths – the first reports of the higher than normal mortality rate emerged in September, according to the Mail and Guardian when malnourished-looking cape fur Seals washed ashore in Paternoster, Shelly Beach, and Elands Bay.
"This is a natural phenomenon - meaning that when the pregnant female feels she does not have enough reserves, she can abort her fetus. This happens every year to a few individuals, but never on this scale!" Seals give birth in the middle of November, but sometimes you can see prematurely born seal pups in October.
Credit Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN)
Premature seal pups cannot survive. They are too young and not fully developed. A few premature deaths are a natural event, but thousands of premature dead seal pups are extremely rare. The beaches are full of little black lumps, OCN said.
According to OCN, there are different reasons for these deaths. The most probable one is starvation; fish might have moved too far away from Pelican Point. "Our seals look a bit thin, it could likely be caused by a lack of food," they said. "Other seal colonies look much better, the seals are fatter and they don't record the same amount of premature pups." Other reasons could be toxins or diseases.