Feeding George, the goat
New Zealand Fur Seals

We got up this morning to a thick blanket of fog covering everything. Cindy and Amy decided to wait for a couple of hours to see if it would clear, BUT the fog just seemed to hang around. Catching sight of any dolphins would be impossible in such weather.

We went down the road to feed the organic waste from the house to a neighbor's two pigs called Abby and Amy, and to feed the goat called George. George lives in a little tin house on the side of the road. He tips his house over occasionally so that Cindy will stop and talk to him, put his house right way up, and feed him again.

This is a koru — a new frond on a tree fern
Since the weather had still not cleared, we decided to visit a waterfall and a New Zealand Fur Seal colony at Ohau Point just north of Kaikoura. The walk to the waterfall was quite short.

On the way we saw the New Zealand Tree Fern. This is a "koru" or unfurling frond. The Maori people use the koru symbol in much of their art and carving. It is also on Air New Zealand planes. Then symbol means new life and expectations.


New Zealand Fur Seals At Ohau Point Colony
At the Seal colony we could see lots of young male seals and pups waiting for their mothers that go out to sea to feed for 2–3 days between feeding the pups. The young seals were playing in the water practicing their skills. The young males were trying to keep their own places on the rocks.

The New Zealand Fur Seals are marine mammals. They eat some birds, crustaceans and fish. The animals that eat the fur seals are sharks and killer whales.

When we returned to the house Dr. Wursig, the lead scientist for the New Zealand Dolphins project, came to talk to us about the differences between the way Dusky Dolphins live in South America and in New Zealand. More about this later.

Tomorrow I am on "observation" duty so I hope the weather will be much better than today.