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uShaka Sea World hosts its first public seal show since 2020 Covid-19 lockdown

One of the seals at uShaka Sea World performs during the seal show. Picture: Supplied

One of the seals at uShaka Sea World performs during the seal show. Picture: Supplied

Published May 8, 2022

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Durban – uShaka Sea World hosted its first public seal show since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown in March, 2020.

The team was handed a bouquet of flowers by newly appointed uShaka Sea World executive manager, Maryke Masson, after the show on Friday.

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uShaka Sea World’s Ann Kunz said the decision to reintroduce seal shows out of season was welcomed by the visitors.

Newly appointed uShaka Sea World executive manager, Maryke Masson, handed the seal show team a bouquet of flowers after the show. Picture: Supplied/Saambr

“We are planning on hosting two seal shows during the week and three over the weekends,” Kunz said.

“One of the female seals, Ilanga stole the show today (Friday) while trying to deliver her anti-litter message. Although all the seals have been in training sessions for the past 26 months, it appeared that for Ilanga, the period without visitors in the stadium was far too long.

“She forgot most of her queues, but with some encouragement from her trainer and lots of applause from the visitors, she eventually remembered her part in the show and performed superbly.”

Lead behaviourist, Hayley Tennent, said: “It was so exciting to welcome visitors back and to share our seal family with them again.”

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