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The Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) is a marine mammal and can only be found on the coast line of southern Africa. They are in abundance on the Cape Seal Cross Seal Reserve in Namibia, some 120km north of the seaside resort of Swakopmund. They were first sighted off the coast of southern Africa in 1884 and in 1922 the South West Africa government introduced legislation to control the utilisation of seals, a contributory factor in their survival and increased population. Cape fur seals do not migrate but travel long distances along the southern African coast and have been found 200km away from shore. The unpleasant odor at Cape Cross is a combination of dead seals, excrement and strong wind that entwine the smell of the sea with the aromas of over 210,000 (breeding) seals. Nose plugs are optional! They are warm-bloodied mammals that can regulate their body temperatures in the cold Benguela current which runs along the Skeleton Coast. Blubber and 2 layers of c... read more  Read More

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