The population at Coffs Harbour's Dolphin Marine Magic is expected to increase shortly with some arrivals from New Zealand.
The population at Coffs Harbour's Dolphin Marine Magic is expected to increase shortly with some arrivals from New Zealand. Blainey Woodham

Furry new residents coming to Dolphin Marine Magic

COFFS Harbour is expected to receive some furry new residents from the across the ditch.

The move comes after the closure of a New Zealand marine tourist attraction.

Marineland, a council owned attraction in Napier that closed in 2008, will send five fur seals, one subantarctic fur seal and two California sea lions to Australian attractions including Dolphin Marine Magic, Sea World on the Gold Coast, Melbourne Zoo and Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

The council has announced that its last remaining seals have one-way flights booked to Australia, with the first contigent embarking in December.

The seals will be transported in crates and will need to go into quarantine again when they arrive in Australia, the Napier council said.

It will cost the Napier council $77,600 in quarantine costs and $47,000 in flights to relocate the seals.



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