Cape Cross

The Cape Cross Seal Reserve lies on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast.  I was on the Skelaton Coast!  Now where did I stash my pirate ship?

Cape Cross is home to a colony of Cape Fur Seals. Its name is derived from the stone cross on the shore, erected in 1486 by Diogo Cão, a Portuguese explorer. There is a replica of that stone cross, at any rate; the Nazis removed the original to Germany in World War II.

Cape Cross encompasses approximately thirty-seven square miles off the coast of Namibia. (Namibia may be the country that the forty-fifth U.S. President referred to as Nambia. But who can be sure?)

Seals eat fish. These seals get their fish from the Benguela Current (in the Atlantic Ocean).

Cape Cross is home to the largest breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals in the world. Thanks to the Namibian National Park System, I can share some facts from the helpful signage. During mating season, the population can reach up to two hundred ten thousand (210,000).  It did looked rather crowded in places.

The females average five feet in length and the males average seven feet in length.  The females are a respectable weight, about one hundred forty pounds, while the males might go five hundred pounds or more.

According to my journal:  The stench was strong and potent. Public latrines can get that way. The seals’ boisterous chatter was loud and constant. Like Emile Zola, they “came to live out loud.”



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