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10 December 2011

400 seals stranded on CapeTown beaches

Johannesburg - Nearly 400 seal pups were stranded along the False Bay coastline on Friday, the City of Cape Town's disaster risk management centre said.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said about 100 seal pups were washed ashore between Sunrise Circle near Muizenberg and Strandfontein Beach.

About 300 other pups were stranded on Kommetjie beach.

Solomons-Johannes said: "A scientist told us that the phenomenon is associated with the breeding season of seals, very rough seas, and strong wind conditions."

He said seal pups were vulnerable during high winds and rough sea conditions and could find themselves in distress if they could not swim and that was why they died.

Members of the public were asked to be vigilant along the False Bay coastline because the mass stranding had resulted in the increase of shark activity.

Shark spotters had hoisted red flags along Muizenberg, Simonstown, St James and Fish Hoek beaches, said Solomons-Johannes.

- SAPA/News24