Pearly Beach Walk

Renee and I went to Botterkloof with the bird club on 26 January, so missed the beach walk led by Mike.  Apparently it was a beautiful day with the sea really looking wonderful.  Carl spotted a strange seal on the beach which was subsequently identified as a crabeater seal, a rare vagrant from Antarctica.  John took a few photos of it and asked me to post one here, as it is of considerable interest.  These seals are not endangered although they lead a precarious life as juveniles, at which stage they suffer significant predation by leopard seals.  Also interesting is the fact that, despite their name, they do not feed on crabs, but rather on Antarctic krill.

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