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I've been at Westhaven a couple months.  Yet to see 'Happy Teeth' (a name I prefer to 'Owha' by the way).

My worry is the unexpected encounter.  If you see the seal, then you can take evasive action, but if we surprise each other, then I hope that old hammy injury of mine from years of footie doesn't re-occur as I do my best Usain Bolt impression.

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If you see the seal, then you can take evasive action, 

I've said it before, I'll say it again:

 

Seals are cute and fluffy and bark like a dog.

Leopard seals are Apex Predators with jaws that can crush a human scull and kill you in the blink of an eye.

 

Referring to this apex predator with abnormal behaviour as a seal will mislead the general public and understates the true risk this thing presents. To the point that someone may think it'd be a neat experience to bring the kids down to Westhaven and feed the cute pet seal some kippers and watch him play... or perhaps just try and pat her...

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certainly 

 

given the proven pattern of dereliction of duty of "workplace threat identification" 

 

health and safety lawyers would look into it, if a worker got chewed up

 

ie if you ignored a wasp nest and sent workers into paint a house 

 

and someone died of anaphylactic shock

 

the boss would be held accountable

 

after all

 

we're ALL allergic

 

to being dismembered by apex predators 

 

that part's beyond debate

 

hoping it will swim away

 

is not a safety program

 

edit:

 

i guess the wriggle room for  a council owned outfit

 

is that if you pay-to-play

 

health + safety don't come into it

 

does me proud

 

to think my rates

 

paying lawyers

 

​to come up with plausible deniability defences 

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I mentioned this some time ago, just a stop gap but a English guy said they had the same thing in the UK, different type of seal however but that seal was chewing up all sorts at Marsden Cove before hitting WH and their trick was tying inflated balloons around your ding. Balloons pop and away it supposedly goes.

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We took a rubbish bag of foam bits out of Westhaven Thursday evening. They were floating everywhere............the remains of the dearly departed fenders who had been torn to shreds.

 

I have a meeting with the leopard watch people next week. DOC is pushing stuff at them.

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I've been at Westhaven a couple months.  Yet to see 'Happy Teeth' (a name I prefer to 'Owha' by the way).

My worry is the unexpected encounter.  If you see the seal, then you can take evasive action, but if we surprise each other, then I hope that old hammy injury of mine from years of footie doesn't re-occur as I do my best Usain Bolt impression.

Checking out a berth a while back I walked to the end of the finger to inspect the lines and HT popped up in the fairway not more than a few metres away, looked at me and swam off. Gave me such a surprise I damn nearly fell in when I kinda involuntarily leap backwards. So I hear ya on the unexpected meeting scenario. 

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If anyone see's the Blubber leaving Westhaven please call Bayswater Marina fast so they can quickly do something about the smorgasbord they have on offer there right now.

 

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Came back to my mooring on sunday after our local 2 handed to race to find dinghy completely deflated with a whole in the end cone.

 

Pumped up stuck finger in hole and rowed home.

 

Found out today there have been sightings in the river which now explains the mystery of having a hole in my dinghy :-/

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Just popped up off our stbd quarter. Hide your dinghies river rats.

Any updates?

Its kind of problematic when you on a mooring, and there is an apex predator in the area. Need the dinghy to get off the boat again, and need to have an idea if the dinghy will still be floating...

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