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Two surfers narrowly escaped death on Saturday when they were attacked by an adult female seal at Cape Cross.
Chris Nel and Neels Engelbrecht went to Cape Cross, about 130 km north of Swakopmund, to surf.
No wonder people club ’em. Killer seals of Namibia…
They were about 600 metres offshore when Nel heard Engelbrecht scream and saw that a seal had grabbed him by the head.
“I quickly swam towards him and saw the seal attacking him continuously, jabbing forward with its head, jaws snapping at his face and body.
I was just praying to God, begging Him to spare Neels’s life,” Nel told The Namibian from his hospital bed in Swakopmund.
According to Engelbrecht, he had hardly time to breathe: the seal just kept on attacking, ripping part of his ear off, biting him on the head, arms and legs.
“I just shouted to Chris that I couldn’t go on.
I was tired and in pain, and the seal would not stop.
I thought this was the end of my life,” he said.
Nel tried to force the animal away by hitting it with the tip of his surfboard in its face, but it would not budge.
“It eventually just looked me straight in the eye and came for me; leaving Neels alone,” said Nel, who was also bitten on his head, back and arms.
The two surfers struggled to make their way back to shore because of the relentless attack.
The seal fought them all the way onto the beach, they said.
They struggled to their car, parked about a kilometre inland, and sped to Swakopmund, with Nel driving with only one hand.
Between the two of them, they received more than a hundred stitches in the casualty ward.
Their wetsuits had to be cut from their bodies.