Spotted: Owha the seal is back

12:23 pm on 14 December 2017

A leopard seal has returned to Auckland's Westhaven Marina after a year travelling around the upper North Island.

Owha the leopard seal at Westhaven Marina.

Owha is back for another summer Photo: Supplied / Giverny Forbes

Last summer Owha was spotted in the marina and elsewhere in the Waitematā Harbour.

This year she's returned with a companion, a smaller seal Niwa has named Novy.

Both seals are being tracked by Niwa scientists.

Novy the leopard seal at Rangitoto.

This time Owha returned with a smaller seal that's been named Novy. Photo: Supplied / Don McGrath

The species has been known to be aggressive towards humans so people are being warned to keep away from the seals and keep dogs on a lead.

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