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NZ seal finds unusual home in Australia

Published: 7:58PM Monday June 04, 2012 Source: ONE News

A New Zealand fur seal has found itself an unusual new home in Australia.

The seal has made its way several kilometres inland from the sea to a farm in Currency Creek, south of Adelaide.

It is believed the animal reached its destination by swimming upstream from the mouth of the Murray River.

New Zealand fur seals are common along the South Australian coast but to find one this far inland is unheard of.

Trevor Maul, the farmer who found the seal sunbathing on his farm, said he has never seen anything like it before.

"He's laying down in the sunshine all day long. Presume he goes out for a feed every night time and comes back." he said.

"Looks like he's going to stay here permanently."

It's thought the seal clambered over a large man made wall built to keep sea water out of the Murray River, to feed on fish that swim upstream to spawn.

The New Zealand fur seal is a protected species but experts say this animal appears healthy and content.

It is the second time in the last month that a New Zealand animal has been found in the region.

In May a Fiordland penguin washed up on South Australian shores 3000 kilometres from home.

The bird is still being nursed but once it is back to full health it will be released back into the ocean.