Seals

Seals are incredibly agile in the water...

South African fur seals, also known as Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pussilus pussilus), occur naturally in the colder waters off South Africa.

Not a day goes by at uShaka Sea World where these fun-loving, furry mammals are not keeping everyone entertained with their amusing antics as they participate in pantomimes in their specially designed seal stadium. Alternatively, guests can simply enjoy watching the seals as they swim and sun themselves in the exhibit pool. Many of the seals living at Sea World were stranded along our coast, and joined our thriving colony after extensive treatment and rehabilitation.

Although rather ungainly on land, seals are wonderfully agile in water. When swimming, their bodies assume a torpedo shape which allows them to move swiftly through the water at speeds of up to 28 kilometres per hour. The seal's front flippers act as paddles which propel them through the water, while back flippers are used to steer and change direction in the water. Since seals are mammals, females come ashore annually to give birth to their pups.

... but a lot less so on land

Seals have good eyesight when out of the water, but when in murky or dark conditions, they rely on another sense to help them find their way around. Whiskers on either side of the face grow up to 48 centimetres in length. These strong, flexible bristles pick up vibrations in the water from up to two metres away.

The Sea World seals receive the best possible care from the animal behaviourists dedicated to their well-being. Each day they receive a balanced diet made up of different fish species. Their voracious appetites means that they eat up to 10% of their body weight in food daily.

Meet our seals...