Sea Lion Close Encounter – Smaills Beach, Dunedin, New Zealand
An unsuspecting swimmer at Smaills Beach in Dunedin, New Zealand, had a close encounter with an aggressive sea lion who chased him out of the water.
Speaking with the swimmer afterwards the first thing he noticed was that something touched his leg underwater. The sea lion moved effortlessly through the surf circling the swimmer and lunging at him from time to time. He made a careful but hasty retreat to the safety of the shore while not turning his back on the sea lion.
The swimmer did not hurry back to the water.
The speed and grace of the sea lion travelling through the surf was spectacular to watch.
Photos ©Paul S Allen 2015 All rights reserved.
A collection of five haiku written while waiting for the morning bus to work.
17 to 21 June 2013
Unceasing rain falls,
Another wet day begins,
Soaked ground overflows.
Playing fields like lakes,
Soggy ground all turned to mud,
Winter in full force.
Gentle is the sound,
The patter of falling rain,
Sheltered from the sky.
Darkness shrouds morning,
The raging wind driving rain,
This menacing storm,
Wind chill cuts to the bone,
On this shortest day.
©Paul S Allen 2013