Seal Freed From Commercial Fishing Line In Walvis Bay, Namibia
Naude Dreyer, who owns a kayaking business in Walvis Bay, Namibia, rescued a seal he found struggling on a beach with commercial fishing line wrapped around its neck. Dreyer, who often helps the work of the Namibian Dolphin Project, can be seen cutting the animal free and freeing it to the ocean in this video. Dreyer mentioned in the post that the seal was one of two that he helped that day. He blamed the “usual suspects,” thick money-making fishing lines, for the seal’s injuries. This is one of many seals at the colony that is entwined in man-made waste. Last year my team and I saved over 300 animals caught up in rubbish. This particular one was a bit greater than the usual rescue cases, so I had to be more careful. She nearly managed to get a bite out of me on my first effort.
Let’s pay a look on facts about Seal. Any of thirty two species of web-footed aquatic mammals that live chiefly in cold seas and whose body profile, round at the middle and tapered at the ends, is adapted to swift and elegant swimming. There are two kinds of seals: the ear less, or true, seals; and the eared seal, which include the sea lions and fur seals. In addition to the existence of external ears, eared seals have longer flippers than do ear less seals. Also, the fur of eared seals is more seeming, especially in sea lions.
Seals are meat-eaters, eating mainly fish, though some also eat squid, other mollusks, and crustaceans. Unlike other seals, the leopard seal of the Antarctic feeds largely on penguins, seabirds, and other seals, in addition to fish and krill. The chief predators of seals are killer whales, polar bears, leopard seals, large sharks, and human beings.
All seals must come ashore once a year to breed. Nearly all are gregarious, at least when breeding, with some assembling in enormous herds on beaches or floating ice. Most form couples during the breeding season, but in some species, such as fur seals, the gray seal and elephant seals, males (bulls) take ownership of harems of cows and drive opponent bulls away from their territory. Gestation periods average about eleven months, counting a delayed implantation of the fertilized egg in many species. Cows are again impregnated soon after giving birth. Pups are born on the open and the mother remains out of the sea and does not feed while nursing the pups. The young gain weight rapidly, for the cow’s milk is up to about 50 percent fat.