Photo: New Zealand Sea Lion

After a swim in the water, a New Zealand Sea Lion heads up the beach at Waipapa Point in the Catlins on the South Island of New Zealand.

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New Zealand Sea Lion
Photo of a New Zealand Sea Lion making his way up the soggy beach at Waipapa Point on the South Island.

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Checking out the scene around him, this New Zealand Sea Lion hauls himself out of the water over the lime green mossed covered rocks and gushy beach. His shiny, wet coat glistens in the sunlight as he stands on alert to make sure there is no danger around the shores.

The tide has just gone out which leaves the rocky coastline at Waipapa Point open space for the New Zealand Sea Lion to take a break and catch some rays. The rocky land of Waipapa Point juts out into the water and is a very isolated location which is why this New Zealand Sea Lion wonders why we are out there with him.

The adult male can weigh up to 450 kilograms with the female only being around 160 kilograms. The difference in size is very noticeable but the males are the ones that need the fighting power to claim their territory before the females come ashore.

There are many breeding colonies around the coastline of the South Island of New Zealand where you can view the New Zealand Sea Lions in their natural environment. Do not approach too close as these mammals are extremely strong and they watch you like a hawk as you can see by this picture.

New Zealand Sea Lion (also known as Hooker's Sea Lion), Phocarctos hookeri, along the beach at Waipapa Point in the Catlins along the Catlin's Highway, Southern Scenic Route, Southland, South Island, East Coast, New Zealand.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/800 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 250mm.

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