CAPE FUR SEAL ARCTOCEPHALUS PUSILLUS CATCHES CAPE GANNET MORUSCAPENSIS ASHORE AT MALGAS ISLAND

Cape Gannet (Morus capensis) Science Article 2

abstract

At 12h15 on 20 September 1995, on approach to Malgas Island (3303S, 1755E) in the West Coast National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa, we observed an adult bull CapeFur Seal Arctocephalus pusillus on the island near a small group of Cape Gannet Morus capensis nests. It was loping towards the sea, shaking an adult Cape Gannet, which it carried by the neck. At sea, the seal continued to shake the gannet, and it fed upon the bird until 12h34. It then abandoned the carcass, with a large portion of it uneaten.

R.J.M. CRAWFORD & J. COOPER, Marine Ornithology 24: 53-54. (1996)

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