How close is too close?

Recently during a spell of calm, sunny weather I went kayaking along the calm waters of False Bay towards Boulder’s Beach and came across a seal hunting an octopus in close proximity to swimmers on the beach.   A lot of activity ensued with the seal thrashing the octopus on the surface of the water.  I wasn’t sure whether the intention was to stun the octopus or use force to dismember the legs.   The swimmers were completely unfazed, and there i was imagining the octopus accidentally landing on some onlookers’ head.  Any sensible person would have moved away, right?!

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False Bay: Autumn’s alchemy

The first of the Cape’s seasonal Nor’westerly storms came barging in this week bringing strong winds of up to 70 km/h, battering the city and dropped 50mm of rain in just 24 hours.  But this morning False Bay was wreathed in gold as an autumn dawn spread it’s magical touch.  The birds were up bright and early with the claxon call of the Egyptian geese cutting through the morning’s quiet harmony. They’re broody at the moment, and two pairs are vying for territorial rights.  Testy for sure and with their heightened decibel levels letting the whole world know.  Less insistent and more melodious were the varied calls of the sunbirds, wagtails, blacksmith lapwing, prinia, hadedah ibis, but yet there was something else…… a plaintive, bleating call – much like a small child crying …..

Autumn's golden rays herald in the day.
Autumn’s golden rays herald in the day.
The Egyptian geese lose no time in getting going at first light.
The Egyptian geese lose no time in getting going at first light.
Keen foragers, check over the intertidal zone.
Keen foragers, check over the intertidal zone.
Foraging for 'greens'.
Foraging for ‘greens’.
Sea lettuce.
Sea lettuce.
Simple green algae for breakfast.
Simple green, nutritious algae.
The oyster catchers have a distinctive call,  a 'beebah' siren call.
The oyster catchers have a distinctive call, a ‘beebah’ siren call.
An exhausted seal pup takes a nap.
An exhausted young seal pup mewls quietly as it struggles with exhaustion.
Cape fur seals pups are weaned by nine months, but remain vulnerable at this young age.
Cape fur seals pups are weaned by nine months, but remain vulnerable at this young age.
There tend to be more seal casualties when the seas are rough and stormy.
One that didn’t make it. There tend to be more seal casualties when the seas turn rough and stormy.