Another crabeater seal swims up the Hutt River

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Colin Miskelly
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Another crabeater seal swims up the Hutt River

Postby Colin Miskelly » Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:32 am

Hi all

About 3 years ago I suggested in a Te Papa blog that the best way to see a crabeater seal in New Zealand was to sit by the mouth of the Hutt River and wait 25 years. It didn't take that long, as New Zealand's 11th crabeater seal made its way north from Otago and Canterbury, like a moth to a flame:

https://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2019/07/24/crabeater-seals-and-their-mysterious-attraction-to-the-hutt-river-the-sequel/

Unfortunately the animal expired during an attempt to release it back on the coast on Monday morning, which was the first I heard about it.

Regards
Colin

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