We were fortunate enough to stumble across a pair of “Rapoka” courting in the Catlins on the 1st of August 2010. The beach was deserted aside from this courting and a few sea birds scattered here and there. These photos were taken at Waipapa Point the Catlins. The New Zealand Sea Lion “Rapoka” is one of the world’s rarest sea lions and endemic to this country. If they feel threatened they may chase you and can bite. This endangered species of sea lion which lives around the coasts of New Zealand and its surrounding islands. Life span: About 20 years. 200cm long (females), 350cm long (males) and weighing up to 230kg (females) or 410kg (males). Diet:Octopus, fish, crustaceans, mussels and penguins.
Location Taken: The Catlins, New Zealand. Panasonic Lumix Camera Model DMC-FZ35