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Reminder to public to keep distance from marine and coastal wildlife

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The City of Cape Town would like to remind the public to keep a safe and respectful distance from all marine and coastal wildlife at all times.

‘We are blessed in Cape Town to have a coastline that is still rich in biodiversity and home to many wild marine and coastal animals including seals, otters, penguins and many more. As these animals are common on our beaches and shoreline, we at times forget that they are in fact wild animals. In the interest of the safety of beach users, as well as the animals, I want to kindly request residents and visitors to keep a safe and respectful distance from these animals,’-  said the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.

The public are reminded to adhere to the following:

Do not approach or try and get close to any marine and coastal wildlife. Their natural response will be to defend themselves and this may result in a bite
Always keep a respectful distance between yourself and any wildlife to reduce stress on the wildlife. Move away if approached by wildlife
Never try and touch, or pose with, any marine and coastal wildlife. This places both you and the wildlife at risk of potential harm
Keep dogs under control by keeping them on a leash and well away from all wildlife at all times. Remove pets immediately from any place where coastal wildlife are present
Never try and feed any marine and coastal wildlife
Do not support the illegal feeding of wildlife for show, such as the seals at the fishing harbours. This is an illegal activity and must not be supported financially, or otherwise
In case of any injured, hurt, or coastal wildlife in distress, kindly contact the City on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone, or 107 from a landline. The appropriate response will be initiated to assist the animal. Members of the public are urged not to act on their own and without authority.

All are reminded that the City’s Coastal Bylaw makes provision for the City to act against those who intentionally or negligently interfere with any marine and coastal wildlife.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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