Saturday, 25 July 2015

Sealing around the Shore

About a month ago I went for a wonder around Red Rocks, are area on the Southern coast of Wellington.
From April/May - Augustish male seals come ashore here.

This bachelor colony represents the rejected males that failed to find females for the breeding season and winter period. Come spring they will head back out and go off to the South Island. 

The seals seemed to be huge posers. They liked to keep an eye on the people that were hanging around, when not sleeping, and most people made sure to keep a healthy distance. I sure did as I know they can move very quickly when they want to.

The abnormality of the colony was this little pup. He was the only one this size, the rest were twice and in some cases three times his size. There seems to have a bite on his flipper but otherwise he appeared happy to chill between his uncles and brothers.

This dude popped up just to make sure we weren't doing anything untoward. A bit of a poser I think.

Saturdays Critters


  1. Hello, what a great collection of images. The seals are so cute, I love the little one and the last poser.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  2. What cuties. Especially the first one pleading for a hug.

  3. Wonderful creatures! What beautiful eyes they have! Have a great weekend!

  4. Awesome shots of the seal but that first one is amazing!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  5. I love the last one. Looks like a great day for seal watching :-)

  6. All the Seals are gorgeous even the samll one. Have a great week ahead.