Seals at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

DSCN1940Over several visits to Cape Town we’d got used to seeing the odd seal swimming around in the waters near the bridge that crosses the harbour. They always attracted excited attention.

DSCN1935Gradually the numbers increased, and in April 2010 when we last visited there was a virtual colony lounging around on a man-made terrace beneath a restaurant.

DSCN1930They slide in and out of the water in between long, cosy naps in the hot sun.  The restaurant management have erected a glass screen to prevent diners from throwing their scraps down to the seals.

It can get slightly malodorous round there; seals are not known for their attention to personal freshness.  DSCN1931

This colony of Cape fur seals offer a rare opportunity for a close view, as they prefer to breed offshore.   You can catch sight of them close to the Clock Tower Precinct, next to the original Bertie’s Landing Restaurant.


About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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