104 days ago

Stunned family loses prime beachside lunch spot to 'nosy' sea lion

Nicole Reporter from Dunedin News

A sun smart sea lion may have stolen a Dunedin family's picnic spot, but stopped short of stealing their lunch.

Nikita and Kenny Hau and their two young boys were about to eat at at Aramona, near Dunedin, on Monday when something emerged from the water.

"[The sea lion] wasn't being aggressive in anyway ... it was like he was being playful," Nikita Hau says.

DOC'S ADVICE ON HOW TO ENJOY SEALS AND SEA LIONS:

- Always stay at least 20 metres away.

- Do not disturb seals or sea lions. Don't make loud noises or throw objects near them.

- Keep dogs and children under control around seals or sea lions.

- If you are concerned about the safety of a seal or sea lion, please call 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).

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1 day ago

'Big increase' in library sign-ups during Covid-19 lockdown

Nicole Reporter from Dunedin News

Thousands signed up to borrow ebooks and audiobooks in the first week of lockdown alone, breaking some library records, and the ongoing restrictions saw numbers continue to soar.

In Dunedin, the number of ebooks and audiobooks borrowed rose 60 per cent compared to March 2019.

A total of 6980 ebooks and audiobooks were borrowed, compared with 4235 in the same period last year.

Throughout April, a further 13,727 were borrowed, a rise of 65 per cent compared to the 9024 borrowed in all of April and May 2019.

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1 day ago

Dunedin fishermen capture 'euphoric moment' as whale breaches near boat

Nicole Reporter from Dunedin News

Two Dunedin fishermen have captured the “euphoric” moment as a whale breaches out of the water just metres from their boat.

Real estate agent Chris Taylor had taken the day off work to fish with a friend near Cape Saunders off the coast of Dunedin on Friday.

Taylor said he had just reeled in a tuna when he witnessed what appeared to be a large humpback whale breach out of the water.

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2 days ago

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