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Old Dec 15th 2003, 3:35 am
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Down here in the deep south we run into quite a bit of wildlife. This morning saw me cautiously manoeuvring around 7 Hooker's Sea Lions, one a HUGE bull, (Cannibal Bay), plus we saw a solitary yellow-eyed penguin making his way out to sea across the sand (Nugget Point). Last week we saw loads more yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, 5 more sea lions, countless fur seals (good job there are loads because the sea lions eat them) and naturally all the usual stuff like cormorants etc. Royal Albatrosses await February as we need to pay for that trip and it's the best time to see them.)

We're a bit isolated in Dunedin but life has its compensations!
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Awh, penguins! Why am I living somewhere so warm! Wanna see penguins!!!
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Originally posted by Pollyana
Awh, penguins! Why am I living somewhere so warm! Wanna see penguins!!!
You can see little blue penguins in Australia (AKA fairy penguins by the Aussies).
http://home.mira.net/~areadman/peng.htm
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Yeah, I've seen several colonies in Tassie and Melbourne - think my favourites are the ones on Bruny Island. Trouble is, Brisbane is too warm for the little things!
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Why oh Why, when I was using this site before coming to NZ, did nobody mention the Wetas?

Harmless, but they sure send a shiver down my spine. I swear when I see one it tries to stare me out.

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But at least wetas move sloooowly!! Now cockroaches are a different matter. Here in Napier I don't think I know anyone who doesn't spray their house for roaches, if there's one thing that I hate about living here it's them. But wetas I can cope with, we spent 8 years living in the bush and we had all the bush creatures (including wetas in your gumboots, moths the size of your hands and blowflies by the thousand) but NOT ONE cockroach!!!
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Don, we must take a trip down there, I'd love to see all those things. Is it hot down there yet?
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Wetas!:scared:

I had a horrible experience wuth these things when three of them landed on my head when I opened an external door with the light still on once ( that'll learn me!)

Everyone else had gone to bed and, despite my horror movie style screaming, didn't bother to get up.

My sister said the next day that she had heard me but figured I could deal with practically anything and so turned over and went back to sleep!
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What are wetas???
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Really horrible prehistoric looking gigantic bugs with wings and HUGE antennae.

I will try and find a piccie for you because they are really loathsome.
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Apparently, their maori name, Wetapunga, translates roughly to "God of ugly things."

You can see why!
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Be afraid, be very afraid...

I dont know... it's only like a grasshopper....anyone would think it bites....now Australia..there's some nasty bugs.

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They do bite!! It is like a crab nipping you!
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Originally posted by Pollster
They do bite!! It is like a crab nipping you!

Yup...I meant a real bite.....think of it as a Weta love nip...

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