A fun-loving young sea lion waddled through two sets of automatic doors, a reception area and a cafe to "swim laps" in a Dunedin public pool yesterday.
Stunned St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool staff and about 100 swimmers couldn't believe what they were seeing, but swimmers initially remained in the main pool after the laidback sea lion decided to sun himself near the toddlers' pool. Everyone left the water after the 1.5m animal took a dip mid-afternoon.
Department of Conservation conservation services manager David Agnew said the sea lion arrived at the pool's entrance in the morning and had a sleep.
"As the sun went around and it ended up in the shade it got up to move and the [pool entrance] doors opened. It let itself in."
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