Buffel hauls out on Buffels Bay Beach, Cape Point

Southern Elephant Seal on Buffels Bay Beach, Cape Point

Buffel, the famous Cape Townian southern elephant seal, has chosen Buffels Bay beach to moult this year. I would too if a beach was named after me!

On the 7th February 2020, Buffel tried to come ashore on the rocks at Sandy Bay, but returned to sea. On the 13th Feb he climbed out the water onto the slipway at Buffels Bay and quickly settled on the beach.

Buffel is easily recognisable by the scar above his left eye and the yellow tag on his hind flipper. His coat is still fluffy and light in colour but in the next few weeks that will peel off. He will become itchy and irritable, causing him to flick sand over his body. Last time he chose Fish Hoek beach to moult on, causing huge crowds to form around him as people didn’t know what to make of this massive creature relaxing on the beach. Many thought he was dying or ill. This is normal https://handsfreehealth.com/hfhealth/buy-viagra-online/ elephant seal behaviour, it is just not normal to have it happening in Cape Town.

Elephant seals are the biggest species of pinniped on the planet and can reach a maximum weight of  4000 kilograms! They can dive to over 2000 metres and stay under for up to 120 minutes. They are true masters of the underwater world and we are honoured to have Buffel on our shores. It is thought that Buffel was first recorded as a pup at Olifantsbos beach in 2012 by Patrick Benade, and later tagged on Buffels Bay slipway by Steve Kirkman in 2014. Buffel has since joined us at Duiker Island over the spring and summer months, where as a young male he has drowned a few Cape Fur seals with his affections.

Happy moulting Buffel, see you at Duiker Island in October 🙂

Check out past blog entries about Buffel – Animal Ocean Diary