Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Kekeno - New Zealand Fur Seals

 The Kekeno were once on the brink of extinction as they were the main food source for early Maori. The European settlers took their pelts and meat. In 1978 they became protected and once again the fur seal population is increasing around New Zealand. Click here to read about New Zealand Fur Seals.


The New Zealand fur seal is easy to spot with its pointy nose, massive whiskers, visible ears and luxurious fur coat which is a brown colour but looks grey/black when wet.



The mother seemed to be doing a bit of discipline training to her pup, it was so fun to watch.






 We took heaps of seal photos - I've a real love of seals. I love folklore of any kind - but especially of selkie-folk.. If a woman wishes to make contact with a selkie male, she needs seven tears to drop in the sea. If a man steals a female selkie's skin she becomes powerless and is forced to become his wife but she will have such a longing for the sea. The man will often hide or even burn her skin as if she finds it she will put it on and return to the sea leaving any children behind.



 Despite their cute appearances you need to be careful and very aware of the surroundings. Never get too close and never get between a seal and its easy escape route. They can move lightning fast on land and will bite if required..... For blokes - This means being careful if you are thinking of  going behind a Taupata bush for a pit-stop.



6 comments:

  1. Magnificent animals. Always a great feeling knowing something that was on the brink has come back.

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    1. totally. Very awesome to just be and watch them in their natural habitat to.

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  2. Thank you for the photos of seals....I am making an applique wall quilt of Noah's Ark...I will put big whiskers on my seal!

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  3. What beautiful creatures, so at home in that lovely environment.

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    1. yes we spent ages watching them play in the water. Rather special.

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