On Saturday morning, 31st December, 7 seal pups were returned to Black Rock Island in the care of Dr. Greg Hofmeyr, curator of Marine Mammals at Bayworld and local Head of the Marine Animal Stranding Network, aboard the sea rescue craft Eikos Rescuer IV.
Dr. Hofmeyr said that the pups, born in around November and early December, had come ashore at Canon Rocks, on the mainland, and not being good swimmers at that young age they are suspected of being swept off Black Rock Island and coming ashore during the storm and big swells on the 24th December.
They had been rescued by volunteers along the coastline and they had spent these past few days in the care of Bayworld and we appealed to NSRI Port Elizabeth to assist us to ferry them back to the Island today, said Dr Hofmeyr.
They were safely returned to the Island this morning and we are confident that they will naturally reunite with their moms.
By February they will be better swimmers and with the weather conditions predicted we don’t expect them to wash ashore to mainland again before then, said Dr Hofmeyr