I was always fascinated by cultural behaviours, especially in other animals. Instincts are cool, but what about learning.

There’s a place in New Zealand where fur seal pups spend their time while their mothers are out at sea fishing. The pups swim alone upstream to a waterfall where they join this very special colony to dive, play and socialize. Up to two hundred pups can be found together there, safe from orcas and sharks, waiting for their mothers to come back.

When I went there last November there were only six or seven of them, but very active and playful.


These photos were taken yesterday by the lovely people of Whale Watch Kaikoura.
I’d really fancy half a crayfish now.