The coast got its name because of the seal and whale skeletons that frequently washed up on shore. Once in a while, a few human skeletons would wash up too. Because of the thick fog around the area, the coast has been known for shipwrecks over the years. In fact, more than 1,000 known ships have wrecked on Skeleton Coast. The Portuguese refer to this area as ‘The Gates of Hell,’ while the Bushmen call it, ‘The Land God Made in Anger.’ On a lighter note, the area is home to 100,000 seals; the largest population in the world.