Returned rescued seal re-released into ocean
THE epic tale of one little elephant seal has come full circle with his release back into the ocean off Algoa Bay. Selso – a male southern elephant seal believed to be three years old – started his South African adventure in June 2013 when he washed up on the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
Staff at uShaka Sea World Animal Rescue Centre saved the starving pup, rehabilitated him and fitted him with a satellite tracker before placing him aboard an MSC cruise liner in January last year, which brought him down to Port Elizabeth to be released 60km offshore.
uShaka assistant curator of mammals and birds Colette Bodenstaff was back in Port Elizabeth yesterday to assist Bayworld marine biologist Greg Hofmeyer in re-releasing him – because after just 11 months he was back in the country.
During the six months after his first release, Selso covered 8 000km swimming southwards. According to his tracker, he visited Antarctica and Marion Island before setting off back to South Africa.
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