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Seal Island is a small land mass located 5.7 kilometres (3.5 miles) off the northern beaches of False Bay, near Cape Town, in South Africa. The island is so named because of the great number of Cape fur seals that occupy it. It is 5 acres (2.0 hectares) in area and home to 64,000 cape fur seals. It is home to seabirds too and it is likely that non-marine species (in no great number) fly there to breed as well (see external link to the Avian Demographic Unit at the University of Cape Town). The island is an outcrop of the Cape granite and rises no more than about four to six metres above the high tide mark. The island is long and narrow- 800 metres by 50 metres. There is no vegetation or soil of any significance and no beach. A radar mast was built on the island during World War II by a crew who lived in prefabricated huts for the duration of the construction but this tower gradually succumbed to corrosion and was blown over in a winter storm in 1970. All that remains of it is rusty, twisted metal. There are the ruins of a few huts and other structures from the sealing and guano-collection era (first half of the 20th century). Some rock inscriptions made by sealers in the 1930s are still evident.


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This article refers Seal Island in Cape Town, South Africa. Seal Island is not the prime point of interest of Cape Town. Although, you can pay a quick visit to it if you are around.

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  • Amazing experience And the boat trip too Lots of beautiful views of the inland from the sea Loved the shape the rocks took as the boat trip continued Highly recommended

  • I love seal island, Nice family day out! Its great catching a boat out to see the seals and tge coming back having luch and walking around the local market.

  • From Fish Hoek, we returned again to Hout Bay for a seal stop and queued up with the rest of the tourists for the rough-tough, rocky and water splashing ferry ride to Duiker Island, also known as Seal Island, to see the large colony of thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment. Copious of father, mother and children seals were just there right in front of us on the rocks and they were least interrupted with our over excitement including taking as many pictures while trying to keep our balance as the ferry rocked in the waving sea water.

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  • One of the best place I visited in South Africa

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