Mandy Wennekes had a horse roaming her property before – but never a sea lion. Photo / Provided
It’s not every day you look at your backyard and see huge sea lions just roaming around – but that’s what happened to Mandy Wennekes and her family yesterday afternoon.
A Dunedin resident said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a sea lion sitting in his yard.
“We’re just a little confused,” he said. “It’s not something we thought we would see.”
The family lived on Ocean Drive, very close to the beach, but this was the first time they had received a visit from a sea creature before.
“We’ve had horses emerge from shore before, by accident, because a wrong turn brought them into the property,” he explained, “but never sea lions.”
To reach their lawns, sea lions must go through three routes, including one up a steep hill.
The animal roamed for half an hour and didn’t seem bothered by the dog’s barking at him.
Hearing the noise from the dogs, her husband tried to see what the fuss was about. It was then that he saw a huge creature roaming their property.
“My husband tried to get closer to her and she started making noise so we stayed away from her.”
“I think they’re looking for a partner at the moment,” said Wennekes.
“All the females hide in the bush with their chicks.”
After about 30 minutes, the animal continued its journey, and was reportedly later seen back on the beach.
After posting a photo of his visitor to a local Facebook group, the residents of Dunedin were contacted by a member of the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust who clarified that the sea lion is over 10 years old and is male.
“What a wonderful visitor! I love how politely he sits on the fence. This big guy must be 10+ years old – that mane, wow – and that’s what we call a beachmaster,” Jordana, of the Sea Lion Trust, said citizens.
“I’m a little surprised that this guy is in Otago and not in the Sub-Antarctic Archipelago who rules over a beach full of women! But also …. he really still looks like a big puppy to me! A very, very big puppy. once you enjoy a special meeting that will not happen anywhere in the world, “he added.
A fisherman tries his luck at Pilot Bay, Mt Maunganui, on a sunny November day. The year ended one of the warmest NZ has ever seen in and out of water. Photo / George Novak
Last year was not only one of the 10 hottest for New Zealand, but also for our wider ocean area, new figures show.
Climate scientist Professor Jim Salinger said his calculations – placing 2020 as the ninth hottest year on record for New Zealand’s land and ocean regions combined – underlined the need for urgent action to slow the rate of warming.
The national average of 13.24C follows a climate change trend that places six of our last eight years among the warmest on record, and was pushed for 47 consecutive months without temperatures below the overall average.
Salinger said the wider picture could be seen as more climate stations and ocean temperatures were added.
Nonetheless, it is also consistent with planetary changes.
Sea surface temperatures around New Zealand’s four million square kilometers of exclusive economic zone averaged 14.16C last year, which was 0.38C above normal and the 11th warmest on record.
And the extended data set for ground temperatures, covering 22 stations, recorded a 2020 average of 13.75C – 0.58C above normal and the eighth warmest year in the series.
When those extra ocean and land temperatures put together, the result was 13.93C – or 0.39 above average and the ninth warmest year on record for a combined 150 years.
Salinger said it was important to consider how New Zealand’s vast marine area is also warming, given its economic and environmental importance to our country.
About 20 times the size of our landmass, New Zealand’s oceans support a marine economy that is estimated to be worth $ 4 billion a year.
The resources it relies on are increasingly threatened by rising sea temperatures.
The Tasman Sea, in particular, is warming at one of the fastest speeds on Earth – up to three times the global average.
“If we are in a situation where we are effectively taking a warm shower, it will affect us dramatically,” he said.
“These numbers really show that warming is leaping forward, and we need to do it now, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation.”
Annular Southern Mode, or SAM – a key climate indicator – is also in a positive phase for the 2020 period, bringing westerly winds further south over the southern oceans but lighter winds and clearer skies over New Zealand.
This week our coastal waters are warmer than usual – ranging from 0.5C to 0.9 above average – but ocean temperatures are expected to drop as the south changes.
They are two of the most scandal-prone people in the entertainment industry, and a few months ago, their marriage looked like a mess.
While Kim and Kanye’s celebratory season look shining recently may have made their relationship look bad for life, the scandal that raged on Twitter in July opened wide their marriage, with drama playing out in front of the world.
And in the middle of it all is a photo from two years ago.
PHOTOS THAT STARTED IT ALL
A photo of Kim meeting with rapper Meek Mill to discuss prison reform in 2018 at a Los Angeles hotel was found during Kanye’s infamous series of tweets earlier this year.
West shocked fans when he claimed he had been “trying to divorce” from Kim since the meeting at Waldorf in Beverly Hills, suggesting something unwanted was happening and he was “out of line”.
She wrote: “Meek is my man and respect. That’s my dog Kim out of line. I’m worth 5 billion dollars and more through Christ. But you won’t listen to MJ and now you will believe them?”
The photo that emerged as a result of the fiery tweet showed Kim, 40, and the 33-year-old rapper, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, joining philanthropist Clara Wu at the rooftop restaurant, where they are believed to have discussed prison reform. – reasons they support passionately.
In response to Kanye’s wild claims, Mill wrote: “Sh ** is cappp cmon,” which is slang for lies.
Later, when the photo appeared, Mill added to the following: “Being in the wrong environment and the wrong people will make you forget your grades! Stay focused.”
It came after Kim received smoldering praise from Mill last year, with the rapper calling him “friend” and praising him for his work on prison reform.
Among a series of now deleted tweets, Kanye, 43, lashed out at Kim and his mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, claiming they tried to “lock me up”.
It came after the rapper held a presidential campaign rally in North Carolina where he shared intimate details about him and the reality star’s decision not to abort their daughter North.
During an emotional rally, West broke down in tears as he talked about how he and his wife were considering ending the pregnancy.
In another tweet, West claimed his wife tried to fly a doctor to Wyoming to “lock me up like Get Out” because she cried about “saving” her daughter North’s life.
The film Get Out, which is compared to his life by West, is about an African American man who is taken to the family home of his white girlfriend and reveals a series of disturbing details about them.
The majority of West’s tweets were quickly deleted but only 24 hours later he let go of his family again.
He then apologized to his wife.
“I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for announcing something of a personal nature,” he wrote. “I didn’t protect her like she protected me. To Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. I’m sorry. Thank you for always being there for me.”
Kardashian-West broke her silence about her husband’s mental health shortly after her nagging, posting a statement to Instagram in which she defended the rapper and mentioned bipolar disorder.
“Anyone who has this or has had a loved one in their life who has done it, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand,” he wrote.
“I’ve never spoken publicly about how this affects us at home because I really protect our children and Kanye’s right to privacy regarding his health.”
But Kardashian said she felt compelled to speak up because of “mental health stigma and misconceptions.”
“Those who understand mental illness or compulsive behavior know that families are helpless unless members are minors,” he continued.
“People who are unconscious or distant from this experience can be judgmental and don’t understand that the individual himself must be involved in the process of getting help no matter how hard the family tries.”
Reports from December 13th recently suggest all is still not well with the pair, despite their efforts to put a united front in place.
According to the New York Post, the couple may still be together, but “lead separate lives”.
“Kim has a job and a project that is important to him, and Kanye has it,” a source told People. “Their lives don’t overlap much.”
“Kim looks happy,” and “very focused on work and goals,” they added.
“He firmly believes he can make a difference in terms of prison reform. This is his passion. His family is very proud of him.”
“We need to close the border, because we don’t want to continue importing high-risk Covid cases back into Victoria,” Weimar said.
“We don’t think it will be right or fair for the Victorian community.
“We don’t have the capacity to put hundreds of people into hotel quarantine because they choose to leave late at night.
“If anyone has ever been to NSW, we are not designing and setting up a hotel quarantine system to allow people vacationing in NSW to return later.”
However, some of the people who rushed to the border last night had traveled as far as Queensland.
Images posted on social media show massive queues hours before the border closes.
Photographer Simon Dallinger is at the Hume Freeway checkpoint. He reported that the last people allowed to pass, seconds before midnight, were Kelli Rippon and Rachel Bartlett. The couple traveled from Brisbane to Dubbo, and then to Victoria.
They made it in time. Others weren’t that lucky.
Health authorities in Victoria believe the virus has been spreading there for nearly two weeks.
All 10 cases reported since Wednesday ate at the Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant in Black Rock on December 21, or were close contacts of others who did.
“We know we have a possible starting point until December 21 – that is now 10 or 11 days ago,” Weimar said yesterday.
“That gives us good reason to be concerned that this could cause another chain of transmission to return to that point.”
Across the border in NSW, three new infections were identified in West Sydney yesterday.
The contact tracer is now trying to link the new cases to the existing cluster.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has warned tighter restrictions could be imposed on Greater Sydney if more cases arise without a known link.
“If we reach a stage, or if we feel there are too many cases that are completely unlinked or unrelated, or something unexpected comes up and raises concerns, of course we will adjust our arrangements if that is the case,” Berejiklian said. yesterday.
Now, residents on the north coast will find out whether their local restrictions will be relaxed. The lower north coast, in particular, can be governed under the same rules as the rest of Sydney.
The racing boss insisted that the names were on the board. Photo / 123RF
At first glance, it looks like the rogue owner has slipped two X-rated horse names past Racing Australia, but the governing body insists we just pronounced it wrong.
The pedestrians giggled after a pair of bullies named Lovin ‘Deqoque and Get On Deqoque appeared in separate races at a meeting at Daegon Racecourse north of Brisbane on Tuesday.
The horses, both coached by Darryl Ward and ridden by jockey Bobby El-Issa, took fourth and second place in their respective races, but it was their unusual moniker that caught the attention of racing fans and even made headlines abroad. .
“It’s interesting how # 1 in Trial 8 and # 5 in Trial 9 made it through the system when it was named,” tweeted Steve Ridge.
But Racing Australia says it fully knows the names and everything is on the board.
“We contacted the owners when they entered the name to make sure we knew how the horse’s name was pronounced and what the name meant,” Racing Australia boss Myles Forman told 7 News.
“And in this case De-quo.
“You see, a combination of letters and words can mean different things to different people.
“In this case we believe it should be pronounced De-quo.
“Hence there is nothing here to raise concerns for Racing Australia.”