How it started...
As kayaking guide, Naude has spent thousands of days at the local Cape Fur Seal colony at Pelican Point, Namibia. He felt a huge sense of responsibility when he encountered his first entangled seal in 2013. He managed to catch and free it from a fishing net, but he soon noticed other entangled seals. What started as an opportunistic rescue of one individual seal, turned into a daily mission to help as many seals as possible.
In 2020, Naude and Katja started the Ocean Conservation Namibia trust to create awareness for ocean rubbish and plastic pollution. The world-wide surge in environmental awareness and the global desire to create a better world has put OCN's work in the spotlight on social media.
The OCN team currently consists of Naude, Katja, Antoine, Denzil, Kat, Wally and Angela.
As of August 2022, Naude and his rescue team have saved more than 2800 seals over the past 10 years.
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The OCN Team