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2008-09-11 15:05:00

THE Department of Conservation is warning people not to be fooled by the puppy dog eyes of a sea lion or New Zealand fur seal this summer, into thinking they're safe to touch. They have a nasty bite and run fast, DOC said. Southlanders share more than 3000km of coastline with many marine mammal species and one the most common visitors are fur seals and New Zealand sea lions. DOC Stewart Island field centre supervisor Sharon Pasco said these large mammals were regularly seen on the region's...

2008-07-09 18:00:19

THE Department of Conservation is calling for submissions on its proposal to establish two marine mammal sanctuaries in Southland. The new marine mammal sanctuaries are in areas where dolphins are known to range -- Porpoise Bay-Fortrose on the Catlins coast, and Te Wae Wae Bay on the south coast. Acting Conservation Minister Mahara Okeroa said mining and acoustic seismic surveying restrictions would apply in the sanctuaries, increasing the protection of the dolphins. The measures...


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2006-02-20 11:14:38

The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), sometimes referred to as Hoiho, is a penguin found in New Zealand, on the south-east coast of South Island, Foveaux Strait and Stewart Island/Rakiura, and Auckland and Campbell Islands. This is a medium-sized penguin with pale yellow eyes. It grows to approximately 65cm and the average weight for an adult is 5-6 kilograms. It has a pale yellow head with black feather shafts. There is a band of bright yellow running from its eyes around the...

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