A young sea lion was seen swimming around Coffs Harbour Marina on Wednesday morning.
A young sea lion was seen swimming around Coffs Harbour Marina on Wednesday morning. Sarah Mahoney

Marina sea lion just taking a rest

THOSE concerned about a young sea lion seen in the Coffs Harbour Marina this morning should not be alarmed.

The manager of Life Sciences at the Pet Porpoise Pool, Aaron Tolley, said there's nothing to worry about in the sea lion's behaviour.

"It would be coming into the marina and Jetty basically to rest," Mr Tolley said.

"It will probably hang around for a couple of days."

While still young having been born during last year's breeding season, the sea lion is old enough to have left its mother meaning it's not an orphan as some of this morning's concerned onlookers thought.

Pet Porpoise Pool staff were unable to make a detailed assessment of the sea lion this morning as each time a staff member was able to get close enough to identify features the cheeky sea lion would race off to another part of the marina.

While members from the Pet Porpoise Pool as well as National Parks and Wildlife staff will be approaching the pup, Mr Tolley was a quick to point out members of the general public should do not do the same.

"The biggest thing to point out to people is not to approach it or touch it," he said.

"They make look cute but can become quite aggressive and people need to mindful of that and be careful around them."

The life sciences manager added having sea lions close to shore in Coffs Harbour is not an unusual event.

"A lot of people don't see them because often they're near the south wall," he said.



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