Western Cape authorities revealed that they are aware of the reports regarding seals being found dead on the West Coast.
According to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, malnutrition is the main cause of the thousands of dead Cape Fur seals that have been washing up.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA continues to assist with beached seals across the various beaches within the City of Cape Town.
“Our team is working closely with the relevant authorities to find the cause of all the deaths. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is also conducting post-mortems at our own expense to speed up the process,” they said in a statement.
What to do if you see a beached seal:
Should you encounter a beached seal that looks underweight, injured and/or non-responsive, please contact the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Wildlife Department on 021 700 4158/9 or 083 326 1604 or send an email to [email protected] with a photo or video of the seal. Please send the pin location of where the seal is as well.
“We please ask that you do not approach the seals or attempt to place them back into the water. Placing an exhausted seal back into the water can cause the seal to drown or go into shock,” the Cape of Good Hope SPCA added.
Warming: seals are very dangerous and can cause severe damage when they bite or attack to protect themselves.