It’s a startling thought that stone age man roamed along the very stretches of coastline where our Cape Peninsula Chacma baboon forage for shellfish. Like our ancestors, the baboons have found an important source of protein, rich in omega oils.The scenes show baboons being totally engrossed in consuming black mussels which have washed ashore still attached to kelp fronds. They forage on the shores when it’s low tide, and especially at springtide. It’s a favoured food for the coastal baboons. Within range of their foraging space are public ammenities which include sites for picnics and barbecues. Yet people are oblivious to the folly of openly laying out picnics and displaying tempting food. Meanwhile the baboons are blamed for oppportunistic raiding and asserting dominance over humans and food tussles. Would it be so much of an imposition if the picnic sites were banned?