South Africa – Thousands of dead seals dumped on Cape beaches

Scientists are working overtime to figure out why thousands of dead Cape seals were dumped on various beaches in and around Cape Town.

Large numbers of harbor seals have been dumped on the beaches of Shelley Beach, Elands Bay and Lamberts Bay in Cape Town over the past few days. Scientists are trying to make sense of the situation and believe something more sinister may be behind these mysterious deaths.

The deaths of thousands of Cape seals are being investigated. Organizations like Sea Search, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, CapeNature, SANParks, SPCA, Two Oceans and Shark Spotters have come together to find out why beloved West Coast beaches are now dotted with dead seals.

Taking to Facebook, Sea Search shared a heartbreaking post about the incident, explaining that they are working overtime to clean up the beaches, adding that they are currently coordinating data collection and response efforts to try to figure out the cause of the deaths.

“We’re collecting data collected at Shelley Beach, Elands Bay and Lamberts Bay on seal mortality and bird flu. We review these photos with a heavy heart.

“Sea Search is a small NGO, but we do our best to play a key role in coordinating data collection and response.

“We have data on mortality in Elands and Lamberts Bays, and we are working with authorities, other NGOs, veterinarians and citizen scientists to start figuring out what’s going on,” reads part of the sad report.

The Cape Town ETC reports that the seal deaths coincide with an outbreak of bird flu, which has wreaked havoc in the Western Cape over the past few weeks.

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