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Owha is back in the Auckland area.

Currently sunning herself on a beach on the north side of Whangaparaoa. Anyone with dinghies in Maharangi, Gulf Harbour or Weiti might want to start following her current location, or just start keeping your dinghy out of the water again. Esp you live aboards. If she eats your dinghy your isolation will be lasting longer than you planned, unless of course your keen to swim ashore....

Serious question, my boy wants to know how she doesn't get a sore tummy from the rubber from all the dinghies she eats... he is very worried about her health.

The minders aren't sure why she is back from Fanga's so soon. They try not to publicise her location as it can cause issues, especially in lock down, but if I hear she has moved around to the south side of Whangaparaoa I'll let you all know

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I have seen pretty extensive bleeding from a nail in my foot, a slice to my hand etc.  You can have your opinion, but given what I have seen her up to in the marina I would place way more weight on a

KM ....king of muppets. Black hole of negativity. All things chain, rope or anchor notwithstanding.

It is interesting that the researcher, LeopardSeals.org co-founder Dr Krista Hupman, thinks that the problem of dinghies being destroyed is caused by boaties: "It is the responsibility of boat ow

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She probably does not eat the dinghy - rather, just rips it apart? 

Without wanting to re-start that discussion re getting rid of the bloody thing, I personally would feel more at ease if I could know where this animal is at any time.

Does anybody know if DOC has investigated popping a tracker, rather than a cap, in its ass?

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Romany said:

She probably does not eat the dinghy - rather, just rips it apart? 

You need to think more like a 5 year old Romany, I was telling him about the big apex predator that eats all the sailors dinghies, and that was his response, 'how does she not get a sore tummy?', from someone that has never put any food item of the colour green in his mouth, ever. Note, he wasn't worried about our dinghy...

I may well be back down at the secret location that Blank Panther broadcast to everyone, so can ask the nice lady there why we can't pop a tracker in its arse. I'm wanting to take the kids paddle boarding, which is fairly low risk in knee deep water, but I'm also keen to go for a descent paddle tour around the bays myself, and now the missus is 'unsupportive' of the idea due to the aforemention apex predator. Yes, knowing her location would mitigate a lot of risk.

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5 hours ago, Romany said:

She probably does not eat the dinghy - rather, just rips it apart? 

Without wanting to re-start that discussion re getting rid of the bloody thing, I personally would feel more at ease if I could know where this animal is at any time.

Does anybody know if DOC has investigated popping a tracker, rather than a cap, in its ass?

 

 

Since when have they been called animals. There r plenty of lakes that your partner would not object to for the activity with safety for your child without causing mental stress or nightmares for your child.

Good on u BP it will help the unaware people taking their children to the area.

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I had a good conversation with the Leopard Seal guy last night. He'd been at Stanmore Bay from 8 am till at least 6 pm (when I left) minding the seal and answering questions. A volunteer on his day off from a regular money paying job.

I did ask him why we don't just pop a tracker in her arse, as a lot of people would appreciate knowing when to lift their dinghies out of the water. He did acknowledge that. On the tracker, its complicated, need a permit, tranquilisers etc, but the main thing is they have a good idea where she is all the time anyway from reports. He did give me a detailed run down of her movements over the last week or so, including how she ate a dinghy of a live aboard in Whangateau last Tuesday...

They do regularly email the marinas when she changes regions or general locations. So they do and are happy to inform people of her location. I have emailed them in the past, when she was up Stillwater, cause I wanted to go paddle boarding, and he was very responsive and helpful by email. If you are genuinely interested, I'd email via the leopardseal.org email on their website. Longer term, I'd propose the various yacht clubs get onto the marina email alert list, and the yacht clubs email their memberships. Certainly Weiti's manager is very proactive with email news, and its a reliable and established way of communicating to the boating community.

They do strongly discourage advertising her exact location. Yesterday they had over 500 people go for a look. Mind you, she was parked on a popular beach in the urban environment. There was a steady stream of cars parking, and people walking down etc, like a crowd heading to a sports game or something, you could tell where she was by following the crowd.

As a note, DoC would not assist. They said if there was a crowd control problem, call the police (as what happened in Stillwater), but they wouldn't deal with it. Being the org responsible for enforcing the law protecting sea mammals, I thought that was poor. There were a lot of dogs on the beach, its a dog walking beach. One guy hadn't seen the leopard seal and asked me if he could walk down the beach, he got confused when I asked him how fast he thought he could run... She is the same colour as sand, and looks like a log or rock when lying there, so it is easy for people to get too close without even realising, or kids trying to run up and 'pat it' etc.

On the risks to water users, there are risks. She does like to follow paddle boarders and kayakers, at about 3 m apparently, which I would find intimidating... She has nudged kayakers in te Atatu, and trying to put her head on the kayak. There was a report of her trying to get into a dingy while someone was in it. You will hear her first, before seeing her, like a dolphin breathing noise. The general advise if approached on the water is to be as boring as possible, so she doesn't want to play with you. i.e. no splashing or arm waving. Sounds like she wants to play, as opposed to acting aggressively, but she has big sharp teeth, and is ugly as...

I'd prefer she wasn't around, but she is a wild animal and can come and go as she pleases, as free as a bird, so she is something we just need to get used to, like it or not. I'll look into a slightly more formal email alert system of her location, via the yacht clubs maybe. In saying that, if she is in the general region, she could turn up anywhere at any time. Plywood dinghies aren't hard to build in stitch and glue, you can even make them nesting so they fit on deck easily, just as practical as an inflatable, but much more durable ;-)

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On 8/05/2020 at 1:47 PM, Veladare said:

She destroyed a boat in a bag setup in Orakei last week for a launch.

Boat owner was gutted

That couldn't have been her. She has been in whangarei until recently and then hanging around Whangaparoa. There have been no sightings of her near the city. 

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On 8/05/2020 at 1:47 PM, Veladare said:

She destroyed a boat in a bag setup in Orakei last week for a launch.

Boat owner was gutted

That couldn't have been her. She has been in whangarei until recently and then hanging around Whangaparoa. There have been no sightings of her near the city. 

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