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July 18, 2009

Hout Bay’s friendly seal – Flickr pic of the day

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This lovely picture of a friendly seal in Hout Bay was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Marc Fletcher.

Marc says, “Down at the Hout Bay fishing harbour, around the back, where the fishermen land their catch on a Sunday morning, a great commotion was going on.

“It wasn’t the usual fleet of small fishing boats that sell their catch from the back of their vessels to whoever wants to buy it. It wasn’t the flock of Chinese tourists who seemed quite overwhelmed by the smell and on-board gutting.

“It was from the children who had massed to see André and his sea lion. I spoke to André and he told me that this sea lion and he had been friends for 20 years.

“André would make a fuss of the sea lion, groom him, scratch him and feed him fish scraps. In return the sea lion would put on a show.

“Of course the basket of coins was present – children were invited to come forward and touch the sea lion and to feel his oily mane, and for the experience they were encouraged to drop a few coins in the basket. Ever enterprising, ever South Africa,” adds Marc.

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Image © Marc Fletcher 2009

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