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Leopard seal at Oriental Bay captures attention

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A leopard seal has made it all the way into Wellington’s Oriental Bay, delighting onlookers.A leopard seal has made it all the way into Wellington’s Oriental Bay, delighting onlookers.

Onlookers have gathered around Wellington’s Oriental Bay to see the leopard seal. (PHOTO: RNZ / Dom Thomas)

The seal was first spotted at about 8am today, and a cordon is stopping the animal and the public from getting too close to each another.

Department of Conservation marine advisor Hannah Hendrik said this was the first time a leopard seal had come so close to Wellington city.

DOC staff are there to make sure people stay behind the barrier and to answer questions.

Ms Hendrik said a leopard seal came onshore at Petone Harbour in 2018, and they visit the Wellington region once or twice each year.

A leopard seal has been spotted at Oriental Bay, Wellington. (PHOTO: RNZ / Dom Thomas)
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