Folks teeing off the 13th gap at Chisholm Hyperlinks these subsequent few weeks might discover themselves nose to nose with a 150 kilogram sea creature that chosen the Dunedin golf course as a spot to provide delivery.
Dunedin Metropolis Council has closed a bit of John Wilson Ocean Drive which separates the course from the ocean, so Hiriwa the ocean lion and her new pup can safely entry the water.
Hiriwa, who was first noticed a few week in the past, is presently nestled in bush alongside the 13th gap with a view to take care of her new child.
Division of Conservation coastal Otago biodiversity ranger Jim Fyfe stated that is Hiriwa’s fifth pup – her first at a golf course.
“She has come up John Wilson Drive and into the golf course to have her pup in some bushes there,” he stated.
“Very positively she’s had a pup – I managed to retrieve the placenta and throw it over the cliff… so it would not entice any canine.”
It’s attending to the time that Hiriwa will begin making journeys to the ocean to feed, which can contain crossing John Wilson Ocean Drive.
The town council has acted on DoC’s request and closed a bit of the street for the following month.
“As long as golfers provides them a respectful distance and are aware that they are there and do not hit golf balls of their path, I feel it ought to pan out fairly easily,” Fyfe stated.
“I am most likely extra anxious about canine walkers who take their canine strolling across the golf course. They they may not expect to see a sea lion pup flip up out of the woodwork.”
Chisholm Hyperlinks golf membership supervisor Wilson James stated the animals have been welcome honorary members and have been very properly behaved.
“We discovered the ocean lion on the sting of our 13th fairway on the membership form of minding its personal enterprise and searching fairly relaxed, so we form of left it to do its factor,” he stated.
“I am imagining a brand new mum could possibly be fairly protecting of a brand new child, however up to now we have not had any reviews from members about any uncommon behaviour or aggressive behaviour, and we have not even had member say [they’ve seen] the ocean lion or the pup.
“She will need to have discovered a reasonably good secret hiding area to convey up her new child sea lion for the following few weeks.”
Jim Fyfe stated it has been a bumper breeding season for the area’s sea lions.
“This 12 months we count on 20 sea lions round Dunedin to provide delivery. That is going to be a report quantity for us.
“New Zealand sea lions are a threatened species that’s simply recovering on the mainland shoreline, so it is actually excellent news.”
Canine walkers are being warned to maintain their pets on a leash and to remain away from the big feminine and her pup.
The method now begins of selecting a reputation for the newborn sea lion.