Seal Island is a small land off the northern beaches of False Bay, which is 45 minutes from Cape Town with another 15 minutes boat ride to see the seals. The island is so named because of the great number of Cape fur seals that occupy it.

The piles of seals use the island as their main breeding ground and usually are left in peace. Humans have tried to inhabit the island, but failed, once as sealers in the early 20th century and later during World War II with an installation of a radar that was soon destroyed by the elements.

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