It’s the time of year when young seals (kekeno) show up on the beach to rest. Chris Wood sent us this photo on Friday 16 July 2021.
Remember to keep your distance and to keeps dogs, kids and vehicles well away. Don’t get between a seal and the sea.
NZ Fur seals are pinnipeds and are also known as Kekeno.
Eared seals include fur seals and sea lions. They have external ears, hind flippers they can turn forward under the body and walk on and no fur on the under side of their flippers. New Zealand examples are the New Zealand fur seal and New Zealand sea lion.
All seals, whales and dolphins are protected under the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978.
If you see anyone disturbing fur seals call the DOC emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) and report it.
Healthy bird populations can indicate that the environment is healthy. We know lots about endangered native birds in the bush, but we don’t always know what’s happening in the populations of all the birds around us, particularly in urban and garden environments.
Here are some of the birds you might see around Waikawa Beach: hawks, Canada Geese, fantails, waxeyes, ring-neck doves, pheasants, Eastern Rosellas, tūī, magpies, shags, swallows. What’s in your backyard?
A study by New Zealand and European researchers says sea-level rise will have severe consequences, and long-term property planning needs to begin urgently.
Study co-author Dr Judy Lawrence from the Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University warned rising sea levels will affect properties in the future, and said New Zealanders should not build their homes close to the shoreline.
Lawrence said New Zealanders often want to build their property near the edge of the water – but they should not.