Thursday, March 9, 2017

NAMIBIA ~ Cape Cross - Skeleton Coast National Park ~

...Fantastic views of famous tourist attractions... the seal colony... this reserve is the home of one of the largest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world.... there seems to be also an amazingly offensive smell ヅ... but when you stick around for a while you will be rewarded with great behavior displays... and there is also an interesting memorial commemorating the first landing by Portuguese explorers... Big Thanks Belinda!! (✿ ♥‿♥)
Photo: © Mark Van Aardt

Cape Cross is  is a small headland located in the South Atlantic in Skeleton Coast, western Namibia around 120km north of Swakopmund.

It was the landing site of the first European explorers visiting Namibia. In 1486 the Portuguese explorer Diego Cao erected a stone cross about 2m high and 360kg to mark and commemorate the first European to ever set foot on Namibian soil and also as a tribute to Portuguese King Joao 11. He was searching for a sea route via cape to the east.

One of the most endearing features of Cape fur seals ( Brown fur seals)  are their ears, this sets them apart from true seals. Cape fur seals have external ears, but true seals don’t.

With an area of 16,000 square kilometres it is the third-largest National Park of Namibia. . Its name comes from the numerous shipwrecks lying on the shore.

Stamp:
Large Canines of Namibia
(Issued 30-09-2016)

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