After being release off the coastline of Port Elizabeth, from the MSC Sinfonia, Selso the Southern Elephant Seal continues to do well and has again exceeded all expectations.
Before his release he was fitted with a satellite tag which would allow scientists from Oceans & Coasts to monitor his whereabouts for up to a year after his release. The crew have now tracked the seals progress to 55001’27.66 South and 35002’29.72 East. The maps below show the current whereabouts of Selso, and the phenomenal progress made as he heads closer to home.
Selso was embarked onboard MSC Sinfonia in the port of Durban on 9 January 2014, lifted in a crate on the foredeck and secured under cover. He was released off the coast of Port Elizabeth on 11 January.
“We are absolutely delighted with his progress over the past 14 weeks as he continues on his journey south” said uShaka Sea World Director, Tony McEwan. “He is, in all likelihood going to spend some time in his current location close to the ice as they are perfect feeding grounds for a young Southern Elephant Seal. He will not haul out on the ice and it is now anticipated that he will head slowly towards the South Georgia Islands and not the Prince Edward islands to moult. Elephant Seals spend 11 months at sea and only haul out on land to moult and breed. Selso’s journey is a tremendous testimony to the fact that Southern Elephant Seals are able to thrive post rehabilitation and the inevitable human habituation associated with animals in human care”.
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