A rare and special visitor to the New Zealand mainland — a crabeater seal — died at Tomahawk Beach yesterday, only about four days after arriving. "A special visitor, and I know a number of people connected with it will be sad to hear the news," Mr Fyfe said last night. The male seal might have been ill, had been seen eating sand, and had died about mid-afternoon yesterday. A crabeater seal was seen elsewhere on Otago shores last July — the first of the species on record to visit the region. "I know quite a few people made the effort to visit him over the week and took that very rare opportunity to see a crabeater seal," he said.
Source: Otago Daily Times February 21, 2020 14:15 UTC