Selso makes new tracks from Bay

SEALED AND DELIVERED: Southern elephant seal Selso was released again yesterday off Port Elizabeth after being fattened up to make his long journey south. The satellite tracker glued to his head will eventually fall off when he starts moulting in November
SEALED AND DELIVERED: Southern elephant seal Selso was released again yesterday off Port Elizabeth after being fattened up to make his long journey south. The satellite tracker glued to his head will eventually fall off when he starts moulting in November

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.

-Eleanor Douglas-Meyers

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2 thoughts on “Selso makes new tracks from Bay

  • February 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm
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    They are massive ! We photographed one swimming with the Cape Fur seals on the east side of Robberg in Nov. Absolutely dwarfed even the largest seals.

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  • February 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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    People don`t realise how big these seals get,i had a close encounter with one a few years back diving off Recife and put into perspective would take up most of your garage,they are that large!

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