Two Oceans Aquarium set out an alert this week on their Facebook and Instagram to the public asking them to please stay away from the seal pups that have been born on the beaches in Cape Town.

They received many calls from beachgoers spotting newborn seals, some without their mother. According to Two Oceans Aquarium, it is very unusual for seals to give birth on the beaches.

“Seals follow shoals of fish to feed, and sometimes the shoals move closer to our shores and further away from the islands where seals usually give birth – as the shoal moves, so do the seals. Pregnant seals may then find themselves too far from the island to return there before giving birth, and end up having to give birth on our beaches” Their post reads.

Unfortunately, it is more than likely that these poor pups won’t survive.

“On their breeding islands, pups can be left safely as this is far away from human or predator interference, but here in an urban environment, unfortunately, the pups are too exposed to survive.”

2Oceans are urging the public not to touch, move or pour water over the seals and to keep children and dogs away from them as this may cause them more distress.

If you do spot a baby or mother seal please contact the Cape of Good Hope SPCA‘s Wildlife Unit on +27 21 700 4140 (office hours) or +27 (0)83 326 1604 (after hours)

• SEAL PUP ALERT – CAPE TOWN • 🏖️We have received several calls from members of the public who have seen newborn seal pups, with or without their mothers, on Cape beaches. This is extremely unusual – it is not normal for seals to give birth on our beaches. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Seals follow shoals of fish to feed, and sometimes the shoals move closer to our shores and further away from the islands where seals usually give birth – as the shoal moves, so do the seals. Pregnant seals may then find themselves too far from the island to return there before giving birth, and end up having to give birth on our beaches. 🐟 Sadly, these seal pups will not survive. It takes three to four days for a mother and pup to form a bond, and if that process is disturbed at all the pup will perish. Even if the bond does manage to form on an urban beach, the mother will be forced to hunt for food after a few days, leaving the pup exposed and alone on the beach. On their breeding islands, pups can be left safely as this is far away from human or predator interference, but here in an urban environment unfortunately the pups are too exposed to survive. 🌊 The best case scenario is that the mother seal survives this ordeal and returns to her island. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ⚠️ If you spot a pup or a mother on the beach, do not try to touch the animal – this causes unnecessary stress for these animals during a particularly vulnerable time. ⚠️ Contact the Cape of Good Hope SPCA's Wildlife Unit on +27 21 700 4140 (office hours) or +27 (0)83 326 1604 (after hours). An inspector will be dispatched to assess the animal and make a decision as to what is in the best interests of the animal. ⚠️ Keep dogs and children away from the seal. 🐶 ⚠️ Do not try to move the animal – leave it where it is and disturb it as little as possible. ⚠️ Do not pour water on seals on the beach – they will not dry out. All this does is cause unnecessary stress for these animals. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #2oceansaquarium #twooceansaquarium #aquarium #animals #capetown #southafrica #cityofcapetown #capetownvibes #meetsouthafrica #capetownbound #thisisafrica #weheartsa #

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