Wednesday, South African authorities cautioned tourists to avoid marine wildlife after a young seal assaulted bathers at a popular Cape Town beach.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said that on Tuesday, lifeguards at Clifton Beach treated two individuals for bite wounds following an incident involving a “seal pup.”
The NSRI issued a statement urging swimmers and paddlers to steer clear of seals and other marine animals in their habitat.
The animal attempts to bite the child’s legs, eliciting screams from bystanders, until two men intervene and drive the animal away.
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In recent months, the NSRI has received reports of similar instances at various beaches in the region.
It said that authorities and marine scientists were conducting an investigation and urged anyone who encountered a “aggressive seal” to notify the police or animal services and seek medical assistance immediately if bitten.
During the summer holiday season in the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa’s sandy beaches draw big visitors.
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Eddie Andrews, deputy mayor of Cape Town, issued the following statement: “Residents and visitors are asked to treat all marine and coastal species with respect and to remove their pets from locations where wildlife may be present.”
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