It’s always a thrill to come across baboons foraging along the shoreline and in the rock pools and such was our luck today at Cape Point, Platboom beach. Generally their preferred diet is plant based, but several troops have adapted to eating mussels, limpets and crustaceans such as crab. It provides valuable omega oils and proteins to their diet. There were about twenty or so baboons in this troop and I couldn’t help admiring the statuesque alpha-male with his thick ‘cape’. The inland troops tend to be much darker in colour, while the coastal troops have much lighter fur – sun bleached highlights, with a bit of a ‘beach-bum’ attitude.
It’s always a thrill to see baboons foraging along the coast.
They have adapted to eating molluscs and some crustaceans.
Kelp has washed ashore after stormy seas, and presents opportunities to scavenge.
The shore also provides pickings.
Here the alpha-male dips a hand into the water.
The males develop a ‘cape’ of thick fur, and here the fur has a sun-bleached appearance.
A young female is engrossed in cracking mussels.
The low tide presents the opportunity to get at the mussels.
The alph-male is in fine shape, glossy coat, albeit a sunbleached, beach-bum look.
The mussels provide omega oils, and valuable protein in their diet.
I love this shot, they are content to just watch the world go by….