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That's a good question Fish. Does Owha see in color even when it is spelt incorrectly? 

I'd expect she wouldn't know what colour it was - given she is a  native of an area about as far as u can get away from the land of piss poor spelling.

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1 hour ago, Romany said:

That's a good question Fish. Does Owha see in color even when it is spelt incorrectly? 

I'd expect she wouldn't know what colour it was - given she is a  native of an area about as far as u can get away from the land of piss poor spelling.

I was thinking white, grey, or black are all shades of things that naturally occur around where leopard seals normally live. Things like ice, penguins, other seals etc. Where as bright colours like yellow or red are fairly hard to confuse with, for example, a potentially amouris other leopard seal. My logic being that an inflatable tube could be mistaken for some sort of seal or something, either that or dinner, and Owha is just wanting to get lucky. If we can prove she has never shagged or eaten or brightly coloured one, it could be a way forward for those wanting to leave their dinghies in the water.

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16 hours ago, Knot Me... maybe said:

Oh dear. Please send a postcard.

I wish. Lockdown wasn't much of a holiday.

Equally as irrelevant. I repiled a section of the house.

Moral of story, don't romance about building around a tree. There are easier ways of gaining points.

 

I'm still puzzled why DOC haven't employed aversion therapy as seemingly the object is the welfare of the animal.

Or do they think deflatables are a natural part of their habitat to floss on?

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What berth were you on when she came for that munch, Mr D Purple?

I get updates from the monitoring team and let them know of bits I see and hear. I told them about a couple of sightings and fender dinners she'd had. So if anyone has a incident can they please note what berth, or close as, where that is please and I'll let the team know. More detail gives them more to track and predict...not to mention the big seal in the room, pick up on any signs of behavioural changes, especially ones that may lead to her biting more than fenders, dingys and fish.

Her movements update is saying she's back in AKL and is likely to be here i.e. in the Waitamata, for the rest of the year, based on patterns they are seeing develop.

The latest from the team about her local movements is this  - Based on the reports we have been getting she has been spending a lot of time in the upper harbour with the odd sighting at Westhaven. She has also been visiting a few people out on the water, but no indication of dangerous behaviour, more curiosity.

 

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3 minutes ago, Knot Me... maybe said:

What berth were you on when she came for that munch, Mr D Purple?

I get updates from the monitoring team and let them know of bits I see and hear. I told them about a couple of sightings and fender dinners she'd had. So if anyone has a incident can they please note what berth, or close as, where that is please and I'll let the team know. More detail gives them more to track and predict...not to mention the big seal in the room, pick up on any signs of behavioural changes, especially ones that may lead to her biting more than fenders, dingys and fish 

 

Closest berth to sails restaurant

 

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The team watching the leopards NZ wide and our Westhaven lump of blubber would like everyone to use the linked form when they want to report a Seal munching i.e if Miss Blubber eat ya dingy go to this link, fill it out and then Giverny can build a better database of the damage she is causing. Not sure why they want that but I'm guessing it;s so there is a picture built of just what Blubber is doing and the cost.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpBRd4OYVwzlQykOYkC9XViY9Mh1gVJvrY6Ntv6wioCuvzzw/viewform

I've been cheeky and asked if they have any dollar value they can tell me. I'll let you know what comes back, if anything does. There maybe some sort of data protection, who knows these days.

 

No need for you Mr D Purple, I've done it for you and even added the photo ;)

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The team studying these Leopard seals I chat with has asked if I can help spread the word about them so they can get all the inputs they can about Leopard Seals including the dingy muncher. Also one of the lead ladies, Giverny, is finishing up a Thesis on the buggers so the more she has the better for her and eventually us and the blubbers.

So if you have seen any Leopard Seal, not only the Westhaven dingy destroyer, doing anything, anywhere at any time can you please go here and let them know what you can. It's a on line form to report things. I think if you make one of specific interest the team, maybe Giverny, will contact you for more detail, they are nice people, it is not a inquisition far from it.

https://bit.ly/LSencounter

IF YOU HAVE A SPOT, PLACE, BUNCH OR PEOPLE YOU THINK MAY HELP OR A CLUB NOTICE BOARD OR A POST THAT THE BELOW POSTER CAN GO ON, PLEASE DO IT.

THE WIDER THE REACH THE WIDER AND BETTER THE RESPONSES LEADING TO BETTER UNDERSTANDINGS......and maybe a discovery that may stop the bitch eating our boats and marina.

 

This message brought to you by someone who is real keen to use information over lead travelling at considerable pace in an effort to find peace with one particular stinking lump of blubber.

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We should be so lucky up North. that our Sea Lions stick to water and the occasional dock.
Down in Dunedin they've taken to trying out for the local kids soccer teams...

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