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Otterly Amazing! Surprised by a Cape clawless otter

An otter holds a fish in its paws
With the lockdown regulations in South Africa being eased somewhat, many have taken to getting back into the ocean to surf, freedive and swim... Owner of Animal Ocean Steve Benjamin encountered this old Cape clawless otter on one such occasion after a day at sea - and then found him again the next day! Sharing a moment in an otters den for the… Read More

Seal Snorkeling Surviving COVID-19

Navigating the effects of COVID-19 on the Tourism Industry Looking forward! Animal Ocean needs YOUR support! With the emergence of COVID-19 the 2020 winter (quiet!) season in Cape Town arrived unexpectedly, forcing tourism businesses to close 3 months earlier than usual. The Tourism Industry worldwide is experiencing massive losses, and… Read More

The History of Animal Ocean

Seals swim together about a reef bed
Seal Snorkeling since 2009! Animal Ocean was founded in Cape Town in 2009 by Steve Benjamin, after spending time in the warmer waters of Kwazulu-Natal working with a marine expeditions company. Having previously studied Zoology and Ichthyology (fish science) Steve’s natural interest and curiosity about the natural world paired with this… Read More

SEAL RESCUE – Animal Ocean Saves Baby Seals!

Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling Saves Seal Pups
A real Animal Ocean Archive story – Cape fur seal pup rescue December 2014 It has become legend amongst the staff of Animal Ocean that the period between Christmas and New Year’s is a week (or at least a few days) that will most likely mean a break from the rush of the summer Seal Snorkeling season. Why is this so, when it is a period that… Read More

Shysharks and Cape Fur Seals

Shyshark and cape fur seal animal ocean seal snorkeling
Cape Fur seals and Shysharks We often find Dark shysharks (Haploblepharus pictus) around Duiker Island, hiding in the kelp forest. This seemed unusual to me, as it is well know that Cape Fur seals eat most species of small sharks. This has been photographed by many and there are examples online (Chris Fallows). However we often see these small… Read More