uShaka Sea World bids farewell to Gimli the seal

The grand old lady of the uShaka Sea World seal colony, Gimli, passed away peacefully on 22 December 2015.

Born at the old Sea World in West Street on 21 November 1986 to Siggi and Benji, Gimli was an ambassador for marine conservation in KwaZulu-Natal for 29 years and the last member of the original seal family that formed the Sea World colony.

She taught us a great deal, and her lessons have made us better at what we do. Her contribution to our presentations, interactions and medical training will always be remembered and honoured.

Gimli the seal, beloved by all at uShaka Sea World

 

Gimli was a strong-willed, clear and decisive seal. She developed lasting, trusting relationships with her trainers, some of whom worked with her for more than half their lives.

Gimli had been feeling her age and her health deteriorated sharply in recent weeks. With the aid of uShaka Sea World animal health staff, her suffering was eased and she was allowed to slip out of the sea of life yesterday afternoon, peacefully and pain-free, surrounded by her loving companions.

Our condolences to the uShaka Sea World seal team, and all whose lives were touched by Gimli.

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