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Re: Honey Badgers and other animals in WCNP

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:33 pm

:thumbs_up: HB occur where humans are scarce. We have seen them in Namaqualand at night on the way to Kgalagadi.

I am sure they are around, but don't present themselves very often.
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WCNP - Whale

Unread postby Tony T » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:46 pm

Recently sighted on 16 mile beach in WCNP. Not a pretty sight seeing a dead one I know.
Cause of death?... well most agree from the evidence that it swam into a ships propeller.
It looks like a Humpback.

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Re: WCNP - Whale

Unread postby Junkie » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:47 pm

Shame poor thing :(

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Re: WCNP - Whale

Unread postby TheunsH » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:11 pm

Sad to see a whale out of the water. :(

Just as sad is the fact that it wasn't fed on by sharks...it shows the lack of apex predators in our ocean! :cry: :cry:

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Re: WCNP - Whale

Unread postby p@m » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:16 pm

Thanks Tony T :thumbs_up:

What next ? Will it be left to decompose naturally or (in view of pending holiday season) be removed.

Just as sad is the fact that it wasn't fed on by sharks..

Theuns -- I know very little about sharks, but you do realize that the water there is all of 12 or 14 degrees :shock: :lol:

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Re: WCNP - Whale

Unread postby Tony T » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:34 pm

@P@m - from what I understand there is not much left of it, only pinkish bones. Natural decomposition I guess and maybe scavanging, I don't know. I'll ask Sanparks when get a chance.
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Re: WCNP - Whale

Unread postby TheunsH » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:54 pm

p@m wrote:Theuns -- I know very little about sharks, but you do realize that the water there is all of 12 or 14 degrees :shock: :lol:

P@M, yes that is a bit cold for sure, but maybe a Great White won't mind that much! :D :D :wink:

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Re: WCNP - Whale

Unread postby p@m » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:43 pm

Thanks TonyT :thumbs_up:

but maybe a Great White won't mind that much!


:lol: @ TheunsH -- Nah -- the great whites are all hanging out with the surfers off Muizenberg or the swimmers off Fishhoek -- on the "warm" False Bay coast :lol:

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Re: WCNP - Whale

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:04 pm

And the seals that are easy meals.
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Re: Honey Badgers and other animals in WCNP

Unread postby AstroMatt » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:06 pm

I've been a regular to the WCNP for a few years now and have had some great sightings. It really is a fabulous park.
Until the Sunday just past my best sighting was a really calm caracal that was just sunning him/herself. But on Sunday, when we were leaving the park a few kms south of the turn to the south gate we had two honey badgers run across the road about 50m in front of us. By the time we got to the spot they were walking through the grass and i only managed a quick few shots.
Here is some proof that they are about in the park.
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Re: Honey Badgers and other animals in WCNP

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:52 pm

Wow AstroMatt........awesome sighting!!!

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Re: Honey Badgers and other animals in WCNP

Unread postby AstroMatt » Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:02 pm

Thanks...it came as quite a shock! Oddly enough it was probably a better sighting of them than i've had in KTP!
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Re: Honey Badgers and other animals in WCNP

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:13 pm

Oh I do know the feeling!! And then you see those stunning HB sightings others have in KTP!!!

Maybe you should start a HB sighting site in WCNP too..........your luck might just turn!!!.... :D
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Re: Honey Badgers and other animals in WCNP

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:14 pm

About 10 years ago we had a similar late afternoon 'shock' sighting in WCNP, but it was a pair of caracals.
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Re: Honey Badgers and other animals in WCNP

Unread postby arks » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:21 pm

:big_eyes: :big_eyes: Still hoping to one day have more than a 10 second glimpse of a caracal :pray: but great to know that there are also ratel at WCNP -- a park with lots of secrets! :thumbs_up:
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