5 Fun Facts About Cape Fur Seals

Welcome to the fascinating world of Cape fur seals, one of the most charismatic marine creatures found in the waters around Hout Bay. As the original seal island tour operator, we’re thrilled to share five intriguing facts about these playful creatures that inhabit our iconic Seal Island and beyond. So, grab your virtual snorkel and dive into the depths of knowledge about our seals!

Cape fur seals diving around Seal Island in Hout Bay
Always showing off, Image Credit: Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling

1. Aquatic Acrobats

Cape fur seals are renowned for their playful and acrobatic behaviour in the water. From somersaults to barrel rolls, these agile creatures never fail to impress with their underwater antics. Watching them twist and turn with grace and agility is a delightful sight on our boat tours.

2. Incredible Adaptations

Cape fur seals boast a remarkable set of adaptations that allow them to thrive in their marine environment. Their dense fur coat, composed of short, water-repellent hairs, helps keep them warm in the chilly ocean waters. Additionally, their streamlined bodies and flipper-like limbs enable them to navigate through the water with remarkable agility, making them adept hunters of fish and squid.

Cape fur seals on Duiker Island outside of Hout Bay
Visiting Hout Bay’s seal colony

3. Social Creatures

South Africa’s seals are highly social animals, often congregating in large colonies both on land and at sea. At Seal Island, you can witness the bustling energy of Hout Bay’s colony as seals playfully interact with one another, bask in the sun, and engage in spirited vocalisations. Watching these social dynamics unfold is a memorable experience for anyone lucky enough to visit.

4. Impressive Diving Abilities

Cape fur seals are renowned for their impressive diving abilities. They are capable of descending to depths of over 200 metres in search of food. Equipped with large lung capacities and efficient oxygen storage mechanisms, they can remain submerged for extended periods, gracefully navigating the underwater realm in pursuit of their next meal.

Portrait of Cape fur seal swimming in Hout Bay
Look at these whiskers!

5. Whisker Wonders

One fun fact about Cape fur seals is their unique whiskers, which are highly sensitive and play a crucial role in their hunting abilities. These long, sensitive whiskers help them detect vibrations and movements in the water, allowing them to locate prey with remarkable precision, even in murky conditions. It’s a fascinating adaptation that showcases the ingenuity of these incredible marine mammals.

See Hout Bay’s Cape Fur Seals

Ready to witness the wonder of Cape fur seals in Hout Bay? Join us for an unforgettable boat tour to Seal Island, where you’ll have the chance to observe these charismatic creatures in their natural habitat. Book your tour today and get ready to create lasting memories amidst the breathtaking beauty of Hout Bay’s marine wonders!