SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) based next to the Seal Point Lighthouse in Cape St. Francis has received numerous reports of Cape gannet carcasses along the St Francis coastline.
During the course of the past two weeks, residents reported nearly 15 bodies to be scattered along the Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay beaches. SANCCOB’s Veterinary team conducted post mortems on five of these bodies, and the findings indicate that the main cause of death is most likely to be seal predation.
Should you have a towel or plastic bag at hand, SANCCOB kindly asks the public to assist them in collecting these bodies and take it to their Seabird Rehabilitation Centre in Cape St. Francis – not only will it keep our beaches clean, it will also help SANCCOB to conduct post mortems and further investigate the cause of death of these precious seabirds. Please keep animals away from the carcasses to prevent the potential spread of disease.
SANCCOB will keep the community posted on any further developments or findings.
Communique from Louanne Mostert – SANCCOB, Cape St Francis