A local charter company has spotted something rather unusual on Cape Town’s Seal Island – a visitor very, very far from home.
Simon’s Town Boat Company had the rare opportunity to observe a gargantuan elephant seal over the weekend, lounging on Seal Island among its far smaller Cape fur cousins.
“We’ve never seen one before and compared to our Cape fur seals it looked like a whale at first sight!” said the company in a Facebook post. “It clearly wanted some undisturbed rest and made that abundantly clear to the locals, who gave it a very wide berth.”
Images show the massive marine mammal moulting on the rocks, surrounded by some adorably curious critters.
The elephant seal is known for the male’s peculiar nose, which give it its name. The nose helps to amplify their formidable roars!
According to Seals World, it is the world’s largest seal, growing up to six metres in length!
Research has shown that the huge mammals dive up to 900 metres underwater to catch their food.
Flip through the charter company’s gallery here: