Two rare crabeater seals from Antarctica that were stranded at different spots along South Africa’s coastline on the same day have been successfully rehabilitated and released back into the Southern ocean. The first crabeater seal, whom rescuers named Sebastian, was found on a beach near Mpekweni, 6,000km from his Antarctica habitat.
The other seal, nicknamed Ragnar, washed up at Ramsgate in KwaZulu-Natal and was taken to uShaka Sea World in Durban. Crabeater seals have pointier snouts, and are slimmer and paler in colour than seals usually seen in South African waters. And contrary to their name, they do not eat crabs but Antarctic krill.