Hiriwa the ocean lion on the Chisholm Hyperlinks golf course in Dunedin. Photograph / equipped.
Folks teeing off the thirteenth gap at Chisholm Hyperlinks these subsequent few weeks might discover themselves nose to nose with a 150 kilogram sea creature that chosen the Dunedin golf course as a spot to offer beginning.
Dunedin Metropolis Council has closed a bit of John Wilson Ocean Drive which separates the course from the ocean, so Hiriwa the ocean lion and her new pup can safely entry the water.
Hiriwa, who was first noticed a few week in the past, is at the moment nestled in bush alongside the thirteenth gap with the intention to look after her new child.
Division of Conservation coastal Otago biodiversity ranger Jim Fyfe stated that is Hiriwa’s fifth pup – her first at a golf course.
“She has come up John Wilson Drive and into the golf course to have her pup in some bushes there,” he stated.
“Very undoubtedly she’s had a pup – I managed to retrieve the placenta and throw it over the cliff… so it would not appeal to any canine.”
It’s attending to the time that Hiriwa will begin making journeys to the ocean to feed, which can contain crossing John Wilson Ocean Drive.
The town council has acted on DoC’s request and closed a bit of the street for the following month.
“As long as golfers offers them a respectful distance and are aware that they are there and do not hit golf balls of their course, I believe it ought to pan out fairly easily,” Fyfe stated.
“I am in all probability extra frightened about canine walkers who take their canine strolling across the golf course. They they won’t expect to see a sea lion pup flip up out of the woodwork.”
Chisholm Hyperlinks golf membership supervisor Wilson James stated the animals have been welcome honorary members and have been very effectively behaved.
“We discovered the ocean lion on the sting of our thirteenth fairway on the membership form of minding its personal enterprise and looking out fairly relaxed, so we form of left it to do its factor,” he stated.
“I am imagining a brand new mum might be fairly protecting of a brand new child, however to date we have not had any reviews from members about any uncommon behaviour or aggressive behaviour, and we’ve not even had member say [they’ve seen] the ocean lion or the pup.
“She will need to have discovered a fairly good secret hiding house to deliver up her new child sea lion for the following few weeks.”