Seal pups’ early childhood education at the Ohau Stream waterfall, New Zealand

NZ fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) pups wander to this inland waterfall near Kaikoura, New Zealand, every winter. They leave the coast when their mothers go out to sea for feeding and go back to the coast after several days for feeding when their mothers come back. At the waterfall the pups remain amongst themselves, no adult seal around. They learn swimming, playing and social skills. They are not afraid of humans watching them and explore their environment, in the water and outside. It is one of the most amazing kindergartens you can imagine, in the middle of a forest – but, as said, only operational during New Zealand’s winter months in the middle of the year.

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