Since the break in last weeks strong easterly winds and big swells Plettenberg Bay has been experiencing less washouts of newborn Cape fur seal pups. Similar to previous seasons, we recently performed a number of dedicated boat-based surveys along Robberg Peninsula to estimate how many survived the ordeal. The latest survey revealed an under-count of over 500 pups still alive and well! Although the Cape fur seal pupping season appears to have reached it’s peak, more may still be born towards mid-January. Through existing collaborative monitoring efforts we are able to study trends in annual Cape fur seal pup production and early survival rates at this important breeding colony. A big thank you to our project supporters at the ORCA Foundation for assistance with counts and Ocean Blue Adventures for the use of your vessel.