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Mysterious Mass Deaths of African Cape Fur Seals Alarm Conservationists

Walvis Bay, Erongo, Namibia

The beaches of Namibia have been filled with thousands of seal fetuses. The problem was first detected in August, when observers began to see an unusual number of abortions and prematurely killed pups on the beaches of Pelican Point. Current estimates indicate about 5,000 have died in Pelican Point alone, although the precise reasons are still unknown.

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Cape Fur Seals
Pelican point, Namibia
Pelican point, Namibia