By Jack Mobley
A family of seals had to be dramatically rescued from a dry rock on a busy shipyard.
Workers from Two Oceans Aquarium were quick to intervene when they were told three brown fur seals had become trapped in a dry dock at Cape Town’s waterfront.
On August 20, 2018, the rescuers chased the frightened animals around the dock in an effort to capture them and then return them to the ocean.
After some awkward action on the slippery ground, the seals were finally captured with nets and carried out of the structure with the help of a crane.
Spokesperson Devon Bowen said: “Due to the sheer sides of the dry dock, it is very difficult to carry these trapped animals out.
“Obviously, the fact that seals are wild animals, one has to be very careful when attempting these rescues.
“Seals are known to bite, just like any other wild animal that feels threatened.
The Two Oceans Aquarium staff are professionals and are used to working with the animals in the harbour, they understand the risks involved and have the equipment and knowledge to best help these animals that are in distress.
Devon said: “When a member of the public is faced with this type of situation, do not attempt the rescue yourself.”