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New Zealand Sea Lion (scat)

Phocarctos hookeri


Known as Rāpoka in Māori, the New Zealand Sea Lion is endemic to New Zealand and one of the rarest Sea Lions in the world. On the sand below where this female Sea Lion is snoozing was her scat. It just looks as though someone poured muddy water on the ground.


On the sand below where this female was snoozing at Smails Beach, Dunedin.


It was a reasonably cool day with cloud cover. Bit of a breeze on arrival which picked up a bit and there was a light sprinkle when leaving the beach. Information about "DNA extraction from scat samples": Further reading:

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armadeus.4 2 years ago

Ha ha looks pretty gross hey :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Oooh... I think I'll forgo breakfast.

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Spotted on Aug 26, 2021
Submitted on Aug 31, 2021

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