Sea lions have their time in the sun

The summer holidays have proven warmer weather brings out all species to play when two sea lions were spotted at Karoro Creek in Kaka Point last Thursday afternoon. Locals said the two pinnipeds had been spotted two days beforehand and had been play-fighting around in the sand and relaxing in the warmth of the sun. Locals looked on but knew better than to go close to them as they had claimed their territory on the shoreline of the beach. New Zealand sea lions are one of the rarest sea lion species in the world and are only found in New Zealand waters. They have a population of about 12,000, according to the Department of Conservation. REPORT AND PHOTO: EVELYN THORN