The sting ray was enjoying the shallow waters near where the fur seals were swimming.
These photos are of the seal from the first two days at Apollo Bay. The seals were a frequent visitor to the harbour throughout the trip; we had to keep an eye out when rockpooling. At times, they would appear out of nowhere.
It was our first day in Apollo Bay this trip – and this year! We got to the bay in the afternoon, after low tide, so decided to have a quick look in the harbour. This turned out to be a great decision. There were three seals in the harbour! Unfortunately, one of them had fishing line around its neck.
A small crowd had gathered to look at the seals. Fortunately, one person got on the phone to Wildlife Victoria (or a fisheries officer?) to report the injured seal. At that point, no-one was able to come down to look for the seal. Apparently they had visited multiple times before without much luck. We didn’t see the seal again for the rest of the trip.