In which Miles samples the first few hours of the Queen Charlotte Track, from Anakiwa to Cullen Point Lookout.
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My friends were unable to do another weekend on the Abel Tasman Coast Track. The planning was somewhat complicated due to a low-tide only crossing, campsite booking and water taxi availability, so I decided against a second weekend on the track myself. I decided to move slowly toward Picton and the ferry to the North Island, and to do a day walk on the Queen Charlotte Track instead.
From the portion of the track that I walked Kenepuru Sound is never visible. Views of Queen Charlotte Sound are abundant though.
There’s a campground at Davies Bay, then an ascent to Cullen Point Lookout.
Quail were plentiful, and pretty fearless, just before the lookout.
Along the way I had enjoyed a nice view of a nest of pretty big cormorant (shag) offspring.
I took a break and took in the view from Cullen Point Lookout before heading back to Anakiwa.
I had gotten a late start again, but this time I was prepared, with freshly charged batteries in my head-mounted light. It was dark soon after I left Davies Bay.
I saw my first live possum in New Zealand on this walk. Actually, I saw my first several.
The common brushtail possum was introduced to New Zealand by European settlers in an attempt to establish a fur industry. There are no native predators of the possum in New Zealand, so its numbers in New Zealand have risen to the point where it is considered a serious pest. Numerous attempts to eradicate them have been made because of the damage they do to native trees and wildlife, as well as acting as a carrier of bovine tuberculosis. By 2009, these measures had reduced the possum numbers to less than half of the 1980s levels – from around 70 million to around 30 million animals.
Since 1996, possum fur, obtained from about two million wild-caught possums per year, has been used in clothing with blends of fine merino wool with brushtail possum fur – variously known as Ecopossum, Merinosilk, Merinomink, possumdown, eco fur or possum wool. Possum fur is also used for fur trim, jackets, bed throws, and possum leather gloves.
Possums are the most hated of New Zealand’s pest species, and possibly the most destructive to the native birds and animals. New Zealanders are encouraged to kill many invasive species on sight, and they slay possums with great enthusiasm whenever they get the chance. The chance to do so appears most often on the roads, and kiwi people will swerve to hit a possum. Road kill is the only form of possum I had seen before this walk.
I was actually a bit intimidated by the first possum I saw, partly because of the way they spring up and grasp onto the trunks of small trees and stare at you with eyes that glow much brighter and redder at night than shown in the stock photo above – but also probably because of their reputation in New Zealand. I joke that it may be illegal in New Zealand to say this – but they’re kind of cute, and an interesting animal to see in the wild.
I finished my walk back in the dark without any problems, and camped in nearby Picton for the night.
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In which Miles enjoys an afternoon at the Rabbit Island Recreational Reserve on Tasman Bay.
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Rabbit Island is the largest of three islands that make up the Rabbit Island Recreational Reserve. There are multi-use tracks, but most people seem to go there for the long, safe swimming beach.
The island was at some point replanted with evergreen trees. If I recall correctly there is still some harvesting of these trees going on.
Rabbit Island is fairly close to Richmond, but it draws people from the whole Nelson area.
The Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, a cycleway running from Richmond to Motueka, runs through Rabbit Island. There is also a newly established equestrian area. These girls and their horses seemed to be having a great time in the water.
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I didn’t make it To Abel Tasman ten years ago when I visited the South Island. It sounded like an investment of 3-5 days would be required, and I only had a month for the entire island.
As one of the New Zealand Great Walks it is busy during the summer, so I waited until mid-April for my first visit to Abel Tasman. For multi-day walks it is necessary book a campsite or a hut. Even outside of peak season, I waited until too late to book a bed in a hut, so I booked a campsite.
I had managed to avoid using my large pack the whole summer so far. I had never needed to prepare to stay overnight anywhere without having my campervan, with all of my stuff, close by. This would just be two days and one night, but I put some time into planning and packing. In spite of this, I learned a few things the hard way that should mean that I’ll be better prepared next time.
This was my first of New Zealand’s Great Walks. I noticed right away how well formed and maintained the track and facilities are. I would guess that this is the case on most or all of the more high-profile parks and walks.
I had become friends with a young Māori guy at a campground in Richmond, and on returning there met his cousin, who was staying with him. They both decided to come with me to Abel Tasman. There was a lot of partying, and it took a lot of work to get us all packed and to the start of the track.
We got a late start, and since NZ was now on daylight savings time the sun set by 6:00pm. We walked fast and hard, although we did take long breaks. I must admit that I was impressed by our ability to keep that up for four to five hours with loaded packs. We arrived after dark at the Anchorage Bay campground. Of course we didn’t enjoy the views below until the next morning.
I had checked my flashlight while packing, but somehow failed to notice that the batteries were nearly dead. A companion’s light was pretty dim, so we ended up relying on the flashlight app on my phone to set up the tents they had brought – I had no tent myself. It was cold at night, so they gathered wood and started a fire.
They brought no food at all. Fortunately I had brought OSM bars, nut bars, various nuts and dried fruit, and apples. Good thing it was only one night!
Later I was telling a friend about the walk, and the fact that my companions hadn’t brought any food. He made a joke about them eating me, and I recalled that the Māori were cannibals long ago. He said “I think that’s the first thing I’d ask those guys if I were going camping with them – are you guys bringing any food?” I laughed, but I didn’t share that joke with the guys. I wasn’t sure how they would take it, but I’d guess they’d probably have a sense of humor about it.
On the second day I continued north toward Bark Bay. I only had the two days, so I had booked a water taxi from Bark Bay back to Marahau. The guys didn’t want to pay the $40, so they walked back the way we had come.
The timing was good for crossing the Torrent Bay estuary, which should only be attempted within 2 hours before or after low tide. This is meant to save 1-1.5 hours over the alternative high tide track. The estuary is very wet however, even at low tide. I took the time to find a route that would leave my hiking boots mostly dry on the inside, if not on the outside.
Having booked the water taxi for a specific time, I was on a strict deadline for arrival at Barks Bay. I found myself once again in the position of needing to walk fast, and spent most of the day walking hard, although with breaks, and plenty of brief stops for photos.
Once a trail marker assured me that I had plenty of time to make it to Barks Bay, I found that it was actually an effort to break myself out of forced-march mode, and take a more leisurely pace.
The swing bridge above does swing quite a bit when you’re in the middle.
The Coast Track offers some nice bush and interesting rock formations. But most notable is that you pass one beautiful white sand beach after another after another.
It is possible to kayak the coast. This offers the benefit of encountering the abundant sea life along the way, including seals, who are a lot more friendly when they’re in their element.
I caught an earlier taxi at Bark Bay, and was able to meet the guys at the van exactly when we had planned. We were all exhausted, but quite happy with our weekend.
I’ll return to Abel Tasman for the remaining 3 days of the Coast Track, and also for kayaking along the coast. The Abel Tasman Inland Track sounds worth looking into as well. It would undoubtedly be a better experience doing all 5 days consecutively, immersing oneself in the place, and preparing better to allow for a more leisurely pace and greater comfort.
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But everyone visits this place for the seal pups. The baby seals spend their days playing in the pool while their mothers are out fishing in the Pacific Ocean. There were none in the stream or pool in February, but they were there in force when I returned in mid-April.
The video below best captures the experience of watching the pool full of jumping splashing playing baby seals.
The waterfall is quite shaded and dark, so I had to shoot on the highest ISO available. The best still shots of the playground didn’t turn out nearly as well as the video.
I do like some of the pictures of individuals and small groups though.
I sat on a large rock at the very edge of the pool. The more curious pups would swim up to investigate, and say hello.
I enjoyed the personality of this little guy. He sat on a rock at the edge of the pool with his head pointed straight up in the air, always looking like he was about to fall asleep.
When other pups came close he would watch them. If they tried to spar with him, he would spar back. But he never left that rock. I never saw him go for a swim in the pool.
These playful pups were everywhere along the stream, coming and going from the pool. They showed no fear of humans. There were also a few seals that were definitely larger and older, but still smaller than adults, like big sisters there to watch the little ones. Some larger seals also slept among the trees and bushes along the path. They would snort if any humans got too close.
Every now and then every little seal in the pool would suddenly rush at top speed for the edge of the pool. It was like someone had issued a predator alert for practice (“shark!” “orca!”). I thought it was time to go back to the ocean, but they always returned gradually to playing in the pool. I was really sorry that I wasn’t able to capture one of these moments on video.
I don’t believe I’ve described any other place as magical. I found it that without the little seals, and it was definitely that with them. This is one of the most amazing places in New Zealand, and I was really glad to have returned again on my way north. I came back again a couple of days later to spend a bit more time at Ohau Stream Waterfall.
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In which Miles returns to Oamaru, and does the Oamaru Skyline Walk for a different perspective on the town and surrounding area.
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Finding info online for walking tracks around Oamaru was a bit tricky, but a visit to the Oamaru i-SITE gave me the information I needed. There was at least one detour on the Skyline Walk that required me to look very carefully for the track markers in order to know where to go next – and without the help of a local I’m not sure how long it might have taken to find the beginning of the first detour. Construction, and possibly erosion, seem to be causing some changes to the tracks, but they seem to be working on them.
The campground is within cell range, so mobile data can be used if necessary.
When I first arrived there were several days of internet down time. Staff were appropriately apologetic, demonstrating that they definitely understand how important WiFi is to their guests. Shortly after it was fixed it went down again. A tech was there on Easter Sunday fixing it, demonstrating to me that someone was lighting a serious fire under the ISP to get things right. I stayed there for about two weeks in total, and after Easter it worked beautifully.
There are two kitchens, and both have some tables near outlets so that you can sit down and plug in, and do some real work. A lot of campers use the sockets to charge their various devices, and at times it can be hard to find one available.
Pro-tip: Carry a cheap power strip when staying in campgrounds in New Zealand. I found great benefit in always having enough sockets available. I also enjoyed the fact that most of the time I was actually providing more sockets to my fellow guests than I was using.
Internet access provided at Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels is simply what you would expect to find in most parts of the world, but find rarely in New Zealand.
Both kitchens are large and spacious, with plenty of good burners and even ovens for baking. Pots and pans, plates and cutlery are provided as well. A good number of sinks make cleanup easy.
A good kitchen and dining area is a good social hub at many campgrounds, and this is where you’ll meet most of the people passing through Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels.
I ran into the Taiwanese girls whom I met in Paihia here in Dunedin, purely by chance. These are the girls who taught me to think in terms of meeting the wild animals, rather than just seeing them. They had tried to meet great white sharks south of Invercargill! Talking to them in Dunedin, they referred to baby sea lions as cubs, rather than pups. But if they’re lions, the little ones should be cubs, right? I decided that I’d start referring to them as such. This campground made it easy to meet a lot of other nice people during my stay there.
There are two shower blocks. The showers never ran out of hot water. They are un-metered, and there is no charge. Each show block also has toilets, and everything was always clean and in good repair.
Laundry facility were clean, reasonably priced, and had enough machines for a large holiday park.
Most campgrounds in New Zealand have locals living in them. Without speculating on the reasons, a campground will often have one or more kiwi who is an alcoholic, or who shows some kind of mental illness, who is frequently around. Either there are none of these living at Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels, or they live in an area separate from other campers. It is a very large park.
Friendly and helpful – and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the internet in 2016!
There are ways they could improve this campground, but none of them affected my enjoyment of the pros.
A powered site costs $6 more than an unpowered site. This is one of the biggest price differences I encountered, so I opted for the latter. I charged all of my batteries during the day – many people left their various devices charging in the kitchen while they were away, so I didn’t worry too much about losing my power bank, which I used to charge my cell phone overnight.
The kitchens and TV room close at night. They close at 10:00pm, later than any other place that closes those rooms in my experience. This may be unavoidable; being close to central Dunedin, homeless people often try to use the facilities. When the weather gets cold, even tourists may try to sleep indoors.
Unpowered camp sites are not assigned, so if I left during the day, I may have to find another spot to park my campervan when I returned.
None of these interfered with my enjoyment of Dunedin Holiday Park & Motels in any significant way.
I based my exploration of The Catlins Coast on the advice of fellow tourists I met at the campground in Dunedin. One German girl had spent four days exploring the coast, but based on the info I received, I chose to visit four locations along the coast. I accomplished this in a leisurely two days.
I’ll return to The Catlins on my next visit to the South Island. I definitely feel that there is more worth exploring.
The Catlins Coast is very far south, and any southerly wind brings cold air straight from Antarctica. The weather can be quite unpleasant at times, but I was fortunate enough to enjoy a couple of nice days. The Catlins Coast is beautiful when the weather is fine. I’m sure it is a different kind of beautiful in inclement weather, but I’m grateful it was nice for my visit.
After a southward trip along The Catlins Coast Invercargill is a common stop. Invercargillis the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. It is the commercial center of the Southlandregion.
As always, I used CamperMate app to locate a campground in the area. Only one looked like it might be acceptable. It turned out to be outside of cell range, so I had to rely on the camp WiFi for internet access. I paid the $5. I was able to get my work done. But I didn’t find it comfortable, and I didn’t want to have to work there again the next day.
I began looking at my options for where to go next. Destinations in Fiordland seemed likely to suffer from unreliable internet access. Destinations in central Otago looked expensive. I had friends who were leaving New Zealand that I wanted to see before they left, and a friend who was visiting from overseas that I wanted to see, so I had a date that I wanted to be back in Auckland.
And I was tired from the constant struggle to find useful WiFi access.
I decided to turn back to the north, traveling along the east coast, the way I had come. This would allow me to take advantage of accommodation with which I was already familiar, some of which has good WiFi.
It would also allow me to do some of the things I hadn’t done on my way south.
I was happy with this plan, even though it would mean missing some very interesting South Island destinations.
New Zealand’s third island looks like an absolutely spectacular place to visit. It is one of the wilder parts of New Zealand, with a permanent population of 381 people as of the 2013 census, most of whom live in the settlement of Oban on the eastern side of the island.
It is a great place for meeting natives birds and other wildlife. I was hoping to meet the island’s own species of kiwi, the southern brown kiwi, which is often active during the day.
A German tourist shot this video of Stewart Island kiwi, late this summer or early fall. The remarkable thing about this video is that it appears to show a kiwi beating up another kiwi – although I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that it is trying to make baby kiwis. In either case, I’m also impressed with how active they are in broad daylight, and by the fact that they don’t appear to be bothered in the least by the human presence, running circles around his feet.
My first surprise regarding the personality of the kiwi came just at the end of 2015, with the news that a kiwi had chased a robin from its nest and killed its babies. The babies were apparently uneaten, and there is speculation that this was territorial behavior.
Further evidence that kiwis are tougher than I believed came in the form of a video of a kiwi beating up a possum!
Possums get a huge portion of the blame for the troubles of many of New Zealand’s endangered species, so it is very interesting to see a kiwi thrash a possum like this.
One more video of Stewart Island kiwi demonstrates that close daylight encounters are not so rare on Stewart Island… and also that kiwi are very cute birds!
Concerns about WiFi access were among the reasons that I couldn’t bring myself to commit to booking ferry trips and accommodation for a visit to Stewart Island. I decided to save it for another time, possibly booking a flight from Auckland for a week or weekend.
I also reminded myself again that it would be wise, on a summer trip around the South Island, to explore the southern parts at the peak of summer, and save the northern parts for later, when it has gotten cold down south. I did not manage to time that right this summer, although I can only be grateful for the weather I did get.
As I mentioned, destinations in Fiordland seem likely to suffer from unreliable internet access. Everything is also affected by the fact that there is very little competition in Fiordland – in Milford Sound there is one campground. I’ve visited before, and I’ll probably visit again – although another sound in Fiordland is said to offer more in exchange for a little more effort.
Doubtful Sound / Patea is a very large and naturally imposing fiord (despite its name) in Fiordland, in the far south west of New Zealand. It is located in the same region as the smaller but more famous and accessible Milford Sound. It took second place after Milford Sound as New Zealand’s most famous tourism destination.
I don’t remember being aware of Doubtful Sound before this year. I’ll make a point to visit in the future.
Queenstown is beautiful, but it just keeps getting more expensive. I didn’t relish spending more to camp there, or like the sound of any of the campgrounds available. Since it is located in Central Otago, it was sure to be colder than the coast. Its reputation as a fun party town was no selling point for me. Maybe I’ll visit again next time.
These are attractive destinations, but they too are located in Central Otago, a place better visited during the summer months, unless you like the cold. These places alone weren’t enough to draw me there. Both are well worth a visit, but they’ll have to wait for another time.
Mount Cook, too, will have to wait until next time.
The Good News
This is all very sad. But no traveler gets to see everything. So, what else did I plan to see on my trip north?
Dunedin is just a 2.5 hour drive from Invercargill. I found the city a bit busy at first, but surely I was spoiled by my week in Oamaru. Dunedin is also the home of what I have come to realize is my favorite campground in New Zealand.
Oamaru is just a shot distance up the coast from Dunedin. Surely there is more to see and do in Oamaru. And if not, there is always the little blue penguins, and the friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
I still want to swim with dolphins, and Kaikoura is a great place for that. I also wanted to see if I could meet baby seals in the pool at the base of the Ohau Stream Waterfall.
I still hadn’t done the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. I had a friend in the area who I was looking forward to seeing again as well.
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I based my exploration of The Catlins Coast on advice from various fellow travelers I met at the campground in Dunedin. After a day at Nugget Point and Cannibal Bay I camped in Balaclutha, and in the morning drove to Porpoise Bay. I stopped at Florence Hill Lookout just before, for a nice view from above.
I was hoping to meet porpoises at Porpoise Bay. A couple of nice German girls had told me that striking two rocks together underwater will draw the attention of dolphins and porpoises, who will investigate the sound. It was a nice day for fall in The Catlins, but it was too cold for me to think about going into the water.
There were a lot of surfers present, but the beach is so long that most of it was empty. The waves seemed to break a fair distance from shore, so I didn’t have high hopes of seeing any porpoises, but I took a long walk along the beach anyway.
The beach and scenery are beautiful, and the South Pacific waves put on a great show, so I wasn’t too disappointed to not see porpoises.
Next stop was Curio Bay. Unfortunately, I was immediately swarmed by sandflies. After an application of insect repellent they left me alone for the most part. The weather probably helped as well; sandflies don’t seem to like rain or cold air, and some light showers had begun.
I knew that it is best to visit at low tide, but I hadn’t checked the tides. Fortunately I had a 3G signal at the carpark and was able to check on arrival. It was a bit early, so I had a quick look at the bay from above.
It looked quite submerged, so I decided to walk the Curio Bay Walkway, located just across the road from the carpark.
The walkway is about a thirty minute loop through native forest, with a good selection of the area’s plant life, identified with signs along the path.
There seemed to be continuing development, but it was a nice walk.
When I got back to the viewing platform above Curio Bay I saw that there was a yellow-eyed penguin below.
An Asian lady asked why he was ashore so early, and I guessed that he was molting, and hadn’t gone fishing that day. Then I hurried down for a closer look.
Signage at Curio Bay urged keeping a distance of 10 meters from the penguins. This is a considerably shorter distance than what was recommended elsewhere.
I used maximum zoom, and I’m pretty happy with some of the pictures. All of these are cropped and therefore much lower resolution than what I usually post. In the picture above, and the one below, I enhanced the penguin separately from the background by boosting contrast, saturation and sharpness, so more detail is more easily visible, but the quality suffers a bit in other ways.
Sometimes video works better than stills photos, and I think the video below is a much better look at the penguin, only partly because their movements are so entertaining, especially when they have to have to do some rock-hopping.
Curio Bay is a great place to see yellow-eyed penguins, but it is a special place for other reasons. It is a unique and interesting bit of coastline that seems to always be at least partly underwater.
Curio Bay is also a fossilized forest of an age that is very rare in the world. It is full of petrified logs and stumps of ancient conifers closely related to modern kauri and Norfolk pine that were buried by ancient volcanic mud flows and gradually replaced by silica to produce the fossils now exposed by the sea.
The fossilised forest grew at a time of semi-tropical climate and before grasses and flowering plants had come into existence. The original forest of cycads, conifers and ferns was buried by massive floods of ash and volcanic debris either directly from a volcanic eruption or from later heavy rain on a barren volcanic mountain. Distinct bands of fossilised vegetation exposed in the cliff face indicate that in between such floods, the forest grew back at least four times over a period of some 20,000 years. Following this, the area remained buried over millions of years. Silica started to impregnate the wood and eventually turned it into stone, preserving not just tree stumps and wood, but in some places also fern fronds and leaves.
Curio Bay is a unique and amazing place in a beautiful setting!
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In which Miles brings you the exciting conclusion of his encounter with an angry New Zealand sea lion at Cannibal Bay!
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In our previous exciting episode, I was enjoying the antics of a group of five friendly sea lions when I saw another – a big one – emerge from the ocean.
From the moment I saw him, he headed straight for me!
Did the big sea lion eat me? Did he have something else in mind? Did I survive the encounter?
Read on for the exciting conclusion!
I do realize that there are serious problems with trying to build suspense when I’m obviously writing this post, and therefore obviously survived.
So I’ll need to tell you a few things about the adorable animals I’ve enjoyed meeting the last few months that you may not have known. If you would prefer not to know about the dark side of some of the cutest animals in the world, maybe you should skip the rest of this post.
Seals, penguins, sea lions, dolphins, ducks… are all notorious rapists and sexual deviants that would be in prison if they were human. Many are also known inter-species rapists. I won’t go into more detail here, but you can read this article for more information.
So, although you know that I survived this encounter, you don’t know whether or not my innocence was lost to this large angry sea lion. I don’t know how much suspense I’ve introduced into the story, but read on!
This new sea lion was wet, having just emerged from the ocean, and was therefore almost black in color, and easily distinguishable from the others whose fur had dried in the sun.
He made a beeline for me, but sea lions aren’t at their most mobile on land, so he needed a few stops along the way to rest.
Sea lions are also wise to not turn their backs on other sea lions, because they’ll be attacked from behind if they do. So, eventually my nemesis had to stop and engage various members of the group I had been watching. He was noticeably more aggressive toward them than they had been to each other.
He spent some time sparring with others. That required more breaks to rest. But when he saw his chance, he turned toward me, roared, and charged.
I ran up to the top of the grassy sand dunes at the back of the beach. From this higher elevation, I turned and resumed shooting video of my pursuer. Briefly.
He roared and charged again. I fled the beach.
I walked along the backs of the dunes and returned to the beach a good distance from the sea lions. It was getting late, so I started to make my way back along the beach, giving the creatures a wide berth.
At one point I turned and noticed that the big, wet sea lion who had chased me now appeared to be behind where I had stood after my flight through the dunes and return to the beach. I think he had tried to use the dunes to sneak up behind me!
I was shooting video during my entire encounter with this angry sea lion, so you can see it all below.
As the sun dipped toward the horizon, showing Cannibal Bay in its very best light, the sea lions took their running battles slowly toward the Pacific Ocean. At times they looked back as if they were wondering if I was going to follow.
It was a great experience sharing some leisure time with these five sea lions. I’m grateful to have met that friendly group, and to have spent time with them before the more aggressive one arrived.
And I am equally grateful to have still never known the tender embrace of an adult male sea lion.
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I was initially drawn to the impressive rock formations at the east end of the beach.
But I was there for the sea lions. At first I didn’t see any, but as I walked along the beach I saw one lying alone. It was some time before I saw him move. Apparently sea lions like their naps as much as seals. When I walked back, at least an hour later, he was still sound asleep.
This big guy looks a bit battle-scarred.
An information board at Cannibal Beach warns that sea lions can be aggressive. When I saw a group of five napping I approached cautiously. They slowly began to wake up and spar with each other playfully while I watched for at least an hour, from about 10 meters away.
This pair were the first to wake up, and the most active. This male was quite aggressive toward the larger male shown in the pictures below.
He doesn’t look especially large in these pictures, but he easily outweighed me.
These five ignored me, but whenever one made any move in my direction I was quick to move away.
Enjoy the video below of these sea lions doing their thing. WordPress won’t embed the video at the moment, so you’ll have to click the link below.