close up photo of a walrus on top of a rock

BLOG # 116

Los leones marinos de Nueva Zelanda están de vuelta y los campos de golf y los partidos de fútbol se estrellan

BLOG # 116

New Zealand’s Sea Lions Are Back, and Crashing Golf Courses and Soccer Matches


After their populations were decimated by hunters, New Zealand’s sea lions are returning to the coasts — sometimes surprising locals by turning up in unexpected places.

They have surprised the users of public toilets by their sudden appearances and stopped a children’s soccer match by ambling onto the field. They have frolicked in a community swimming pool and shut down an urban road for weeks. One even gave birth near the 13th hole of a golf course.

Sea lions once flourished along New Zealand’s coasts. But over hundreds of years, human hunting diminished their numbers and drove them to subantarctic islands hundreds of miles south. In recent decades the animals — which are one of the world’s rarest sea lion species — began, slowly and unexpectedly, to return to New Zealand’s mainland.

It is a conservation story of hope and possibility. But with many of the sea lions’ former breeding grounds now populated by humans, scientists say that this time, New Zealanders will have to learn to share.


These animals were some of the first creatures in New Zealand, it seems they refuse to leave. Make space for them, humans.

Estos animales fueron algunas de las primeras criaturas en Nueva Zelanda, parece que se niegan a irse. Haz espacio para ellos, humanos.

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