Made famous by his washing up on the beach in Southbroom exhausted and starving in June 2013, Selso the seal was successfully rehabilitated at uShaka Marine World, fitted with a Satellite tracking device and with the help of MSC Cruises released on the 11th January 2014, 25 nautical miles due south of Port Elizabeth.
After a successful return to Marion Island having spent 169 days at sea, Selso occupied the island for a limited time and has now again returned to South Africa.
Washed ashore in the late afternoon of the 15th November 2014, in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Selso has been taken to Bayworld in Port Elizabeth. Having begun his annual moult and about to lose the satellite tracker, scientists from DEA are anxious to reattach the satellite post the shed.
Scientists are not sure why the seal has returned to the South African Coast line. Southern Elephant Seals normally inhabit the Southern Ocean with the closest island colony site being Marion Island 2200km south of South Africa, it is therefore unusual for the young seal to strand on SA shores consecutive times.
During his stay at Bayworld Selso will be offered the same diet as previous at uShaka Sea World and hopefully will gain some weight. Scientists will take samples of his fur to establish what he has been feeding on and interesting data will be downloaded from his tracker.
MSC Cruises has once again extended its services in the release of the seal at sea.
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