Last week SANCCOB asked our crew at Station 3 Table Bay if we could assist them in releasing an Albatross back into the wild. We arranged for them to bring the bird to us on Saturday so that we could do it during our routine training exercise.
He was delivered in a big crate and we took him about 3 miles west of Robben Island. We named him Carlos.
He sat quietly in his crate the whole journey and didn’t struggle or flap around when we opened it. He was gently placed into the water off the swimmers platform and bobbed around for a bit. He drank some sea water, got sick and then drank some more. After he started preening himself we figured he was fine and we returned to base.
Pictures by Kim Germishuys and Robyn Silverstone.