Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Swimming Oryx

Skeleton Coast National Park to the Kunene River mouth.
- These photos were all taken by Louis Kruger.
We were driving along the beach close to Bosluisbaai on our way to the mouth of the Kunene when we came across 3 gemsbokke. Two ran towards the dunes and the other straight to sea.

Believe or not but the gemsbok is in there somewhere.

Part of its head above water. Some of the people in our party reckoned that the gemsbok could stand and was never in real trouble, I beg to differ.

While taking these photos I was trying to explain to Ciske its not save for me to try and help it...

Just as we contemplated leaving as not to witness the eventual drowning.

 After staring at us for what seemed like minutes (but probably 20 seconds) it took off.

Thanks to Lorraine Oberholzer for sharing this email. 
I'm not sure who's the owner of these pics.


  1. I believe you should always help an animal in distress. You aren't going to adversely affect anything, and you are probably going to make a positive difference to the animal and the world by your action.

    1. I suspect the gemsbok is there due to the human element, running into the sea to get away from the vehicle. Can't imagine how you would help unless by not scaring the animal further (not getting any closer).

  2. beautiful - must've been marvellous to actually witness it

  3. Remember the Gemsbok could be in distress in the water. A Gemsbok is well known to be quite accurate with its horns (some Professional Hunters will acknowledge this) so I would not help the Gemsbok as this would be fatal. Etienne AXL