There are seal pups hanging out on beaches again, so if you're taking your dogs to the beach please keep them close or on a leash. Saw a seal pup being mauled by two dogs on Back Beach yesterday - not a pretty site.
The pups are well camouflaged, often just look like rocks or driftwood until you get quite close. (The photo is of the pup mellowing out before the attack: can you see it?) Even if you do recognise them, you may think they're dead when they're not - they often seem to nap while their mum's are out fishing.
People are also welcome to report sightings here: www.hotspot.org.nz...