Coast KZN

04 May 2021

Sub-antarctic seal rescued along KZN Coast

Mariclair Smit (Northglen News) Picture: Andreas Mathios, Marshall Security. The Sub antarctic seal was captured and rushed to the Ushaka Marine World where it was treated by a veterinarian.

A Sub-antarctic seal was found injured and emaciated on La Mercy beach this afternoon. Rescuers from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) were called into action after a civilian came across the mammal.

According to Quentin Power, NSRI Ballito station commander the seal was in a very poor condition and a plan was put in place to capture it. Power said while encounters with the furry mammals along the KwaZulu-Natal coast are very rare, sightings are not out of the ordinary.

“This time of year , over the last couple of years, we have had quite a few sightings. This year alone we have had about four sightings one at Zinkwazi Beach, two at Southbroom Beach and then this one in La Mercy,” he said.

SAAMBR spokesperson, Ann Kunz confirmed that the seal was very emaciated and had a couple of injuries on its flipper. A veterinary specialist at the uShaka Sea World has given the seal fluids as well as antibiotics, and it has been placed in a quiet area for the evening, she said.

The seal was found emaciated and with an injured flipper. PHOTO: Andreas Mathios,
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At this stage the vet was unable to determine the sex of the seal, she said. She said his weight, was currently, the biggest concern.