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Department of Conservation coastal Otago district biodiversity ranger Jim Fyfe said had not been made aware of the seal, but there had been quite a few pups, some dead, along the coastline recently.
Doc had a general policy of minimal intervention with fur seals, as they were not considered threatened.
The deaths could be due to a number of factors, Mr Fyfe said.
‘‘Whether something has happened to the mothers, or poor food source, or just so many pups that it is a natural loss through the season.’’
He said the seals likely came from Green Island, where about 300 pups had been born; currents brought them to St Kilda and St Clair Beaches.