Day 14: Kaikoura to Picton
Day 14, we woke up and before heading back to Picton, we drove down to the headland to where we'd heard seals sunbathe on the rocks. OMG *girly squeel* they're the cutest damn things EVER. They're HUGE (the big ones are about 1.5m long) and you can stand a few meters away from them. They crawl right up into the carpark on the headland, into the grass, on the rocks, whatever. And they seem to know when they're being photographed, because I SWEAR they have attitude. The big one I photographed kept opening one eye to watch me, and then when I was holding the camera up he'd snort or cover his head with his flipper. Another younger seal sat in the water and scratched and bathed and kept making a weird 'laughing' kind of sound.
There was a baby further out on the rocks, but the signs say something like "Stay away from the babies or you'll be ripped apart by seal teeth", so I just stayed near the carpark and strolled around getting (probably too) close to the seals to get photos. It was unbelievable how close I was, and how placid (and playful) they were. I took 350 photos of them. Most beautiful things ever. Until they yawn and you get a face full of seal breath, which nearly knocked me out. URGH.
collapsed unceremoniously into the shallow water.