“We urge that parents also ensure that their children are kept under close supervision and don’t go within 10 meters of the animal,” Marian Nieuwoudt, a committee member for spatial planning and environment, said in a press release. “Beachgoers who plan to walk their dogs should keep them on a leash at all times within 50 meters of the animal. We ask that you please do not attempt to feed the seal, throw water on it or create any other unnecessary disturbance within close proximity to the animal.”
The city officials were very aware that when people see a wild animal roaming a beach, they're often tempted to take photos — and wanted to make sure they shut down that prospect immediately.
“In particular, taking selfies with your back turned to the animal and within close proximity is strictly prohibited,” Nieuwoudt said.