Our tiny archipelago isolated in
a vast blue ocean hosts hordes of
seals usually on remote coastal
rocks but sometimes joining
their fellow mammals on land.

A young fur seal swam into the
bay by our capital’s airport
at 2 am then crossed the main
road to the fire station. In
daylight he was discovered
staring at traffic streaming past.
Police and conservation staff
steered him over the road, on
to the beach. He returned a few
times, but finally swam south.

An elephant seal crossed a beach
on to a farm, enamoured of its
dairy cows. Those feisty beasts
complained loudly to their farmer
who rang the authorities. Their
resulting policeman reported “He
brings a whole new meaning to
the word “halitosis !” ”  Poor cows !
Conservation staff tracked down
an extra strong elephant proof electric
fence which foiled the unwanted
suitor who finally swam away.

A young leopard seal swam into our
largest yachting marina. She butts
dinghies, wreck fenders, then plays
with them, annoys boat owners.
Conservation staff won’t move her.
Boat owners want her gone.




9 thoughts on “Seals

    1. Very definitely. They seem to have no fear of human beings. But it was foolish of the elephant seal to take on a herd of dairy cows. They are stroppy beasts, very confident with humans, who milk them once or twice a day for most of the year.


      1. Thank you, I am glad you liked it. The cows actually got more media attention – they were vocal and indignant. They made sure they got into the news media’s photos and video clips of this situation. Don’t mess with dairy cows. Their daily milkings for much of the year mean that they know their humans inside out.

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