Happy Teeth the Lepoard Seal
Posted 21 November 2017 - 05:38 AM
I dont like it either, its still a wild beast. The marina staff say that a few divers have had close encounters and it doesn't bother them at all. Cleaning the boat is now very exciting again.
Posted 21 November 2017 - 06:22 AM
"I dont like it either, its still a wild beast. The marina staff say that a few divers have had close encounters and it doesn't bother them at all. "
Must be CE's of the good kind, like a swim up and a bit of a smooch.
Are you actually allowed to clean your hull in the marina?
Looking at the mouth in that penguin shot, I would soil my wetsuit.
I guess you could stick your scraper endways in it.
Or, polish its teeth with your scotchbrite.
Posted 21 November 2017 - 07:04 AM
I am assured by a specialist, not in NZ as we have none, you should be OK cleaning your bum in Westhaven. The leopards attack is usually upwards so they like a bit of water depth Westhaven doesn't have and if you are under your boat you will look on the large side of their std dinner. She is well feed here and has no predators to worry about, which is suggested as the reason she is still here. But there is a concern if she gets horny. She is a teenage female and like many of her human counterparts could get a little twitchy if getting horny which may cause issues. If she gets amorous and with her power that might mean Motorbike or another bottom scrubber may spend the rest of their life walking very funny. So she is one to be very cautious of but probably more due to amorous reasons than the need for a good feed.
I'd also suggest if you kick her you will need to be bloody fast or start whittling yourself a new leg, she will not be shy to defend herself if she feels threatened or cornered. They can and have killed humans. Her jaws can crush a human skull. They are very powerful so if she goes you a slap on her chops will do nothing, you are in deep deep sh*t.
They are also inquisitive so will come for a suss of things in 'her water', stay calm and try not to look tasty or angry. She should just take a suss and move on. If she hangs around more than a couple of minutes I'm told to get out of the water quickly but calmly and then keep back from the edge, she will and has launched herself out at people on the docks.
I took a lot of time sussing this bitch due to being responsible for the kids sail training in Westhaven. No w^&#$@r in NZ, inc Worksafe and assorted Govt Depts, would say, do, or even suggest anything except talk to a nice young lady who knew feck all and could do nothing bar take notes. Everyone just dived for cover and pointed at someone else in a desperate attempt not to be the one screwed if the Seal went someone, it was pathetic. It was seriously frustrating so all I could do was lay a big trail of 'all possible steps' and cross my fingers.
There was offer of $500 to 'stop her being a problem ever again'. I declined but word has it someone nearly paid.
Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:55 PM
Bloody hell that thing is big, especially when it appears 3 foot from your head when busy unloading chain onto the dock. I shouted to my son who was helping, and unaware that a frigging big beastie was 6 foot behind him, to "GET ON THE BOAT!", which luckily he did very quickly.
It must be about 8' long!
Westpark, this afternoon about 4pm.
My boy let them know in the office, some (obviously sooo knowledgeable) fella says "oh it's a fur seal".
No it bloody isn't.
Keen to feed it the neighbour's dog.
Posted 23 November 2017 - 04:12 PM
Posted 27 November 2017 - 07:13 AM
They must remain anonymous as they're concerned DOC will find out they blew up the leopard seal.
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