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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

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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!

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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

Stranded seal on the beach? Here’s what to do

“Recently when I was walking along the high tide mark on Muizenberg Beach with my family, our dog ran ahead of us and sniffed at something in the distance. As we got closer, we saw that she had found a seal! The seal looked quite weak and thin and wasn’t moving at all. No one else around seemed to have noticed it yet. We didn’t know what… Read More

Cape Fur Seal Pups fill the water

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Cape Fur Seal pups If you've ever imagined a field filled with puppie's and your the only one with a ball to throw for them.... that is what its like at Duiker Island at the moment, except there is water and the puppies are furry flippered seal pups, even better !!! These Cape Fur seal pups were only born in November last year and are now about 6… Read More

Shysharks and Cape Fur Seals

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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

Playful Cape Fur Seals

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Cape Fur Seals - Water Puppies Over the years we have really gotten to know the mood and behaviours of the Cape Fur Seals on Duiker Island, Hout Bay. They change constantly with the time of year and weather.   During the beginning of the season (September-December) the males are fighting for territory on the land and the heavily pregnant… Read More

Hout Bay harbour get a scrub for International Beach Clean-up Day

Raoul Coscia Hout Bay Harbor Animal Ocean beach clean-up
Beach Clean-up 2018 Animal Ocean teamed up with an army passionate ocean groups from around Cape Town for a beach clean-up on International Beach Clean-up day, to help get as much trash off our beaches and out of the ocean as possible. We set up a gazebo and rallied our friends, family and guests to come down and join the community to do a little… Read More