MIL OSI – Source: Department of Conservation – Release/Statement
Headline: Photo of the week: Fur seal pup at Cape Palliser
Visit Cape Palliser in the Wairarapa this time of year and the New Zealand fur seal/kekeno pups are sure to be performing their underwater acrobatics in rock pools or having a snooze in the sun.
Today’s photo of the week is one of those sleeping pups.
Fur seals/kekeno are the most common seals in New Zealand and their population is growing. They are very good swimmers and weaned pups will sometimes travel great distances. A fur seal pup tagged on the South Island’s West Coast has even been recorded in Australia!
Although very charismatic, seals are wild animals and should be treated with respect. You should always remain at least 20 metres away from seals.
Photo: Herb Christophers