If you ever have the opportunity to visit South Africa, I’d strongly encourage you to make your way to Seal Island in False Bay. Less than an hour from Cape Town and only eight nautical miles out to sea you will find yourself immersed in a raw and foreign environment where survival of the fittest can be witnessed daily. The waters around this island are patrolled by dozens, if not hundreds of Great White Sharks, making life extremely precarious for the boisterous group of seabirds and seals which call the island home.
Seal Island – Home to 60,000 Cape Fur Seals
Playing in the shallow pools close to the island is quite safe as the sharks prefer deeper depths
However, once the seals leave the safety of the shallow pools to find food they become vulnerable
A Cape Fur Seal swimming for its life from a Great White Shark – not sure he made it home
Finding myself in the midst of a clamorous Cape Fur Seal Colony off of South Africa’s southern coast was really icing on the cake after a spectacular great white cage diving experience. I love wildlife (in case that isn’t obvious) and can never seem to get enough of it. To come face to face with a colony of seals 60,000 strong shortly after looking into the eyes of one of the oceans greatest predators was an wholly satisfying experience that I cannot recommend enough. If cage diving with great whites isn’t your cup of tea, no worries! The topside action is worth the trip on its own. You can learn more about cage diving in South Africa and the best times visit here.
Simon’s Town, South Africa – Departures to Seal Island leave from this beautiful seaside town
Have you ever seen so many seals in one place?
If so, I would love to hear about it!