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Good news in Kaikoura! Seal pups return to Ohau Point stream after quake destroyed their home

There is a new hope for seals in Kaikoura after a landslide caused by last week's quake destroyed a popular seal colony spot. 

Ohau Point is a popular tourist spot on State Highway One, where visitors often stopped to check out the seals sunbathing on the rocky shore line. 

Although the seals were expected to be safe the earthquake caused slips that wiped away the seaside habitat. 

Ohau Point is a popular tourist spot on SH1 with visitors stopping to check out the seals sunbathing on the rocky shore line below. Source: Seven Sharp

It was also assumed that another popular spot for the seals, the Ohau stream and waterfall was affected by the quake. 

But today the Kaikoura Department of Conservation told the nature show, Our Big Blue Backyard, that seal pups have been spotted just north of the Ohau stream.

"No pups around the massive slips but the good news is there are lots of pups, a day or so old, just north of Ohau stream," the nature show quoted on a Facebook post. 

The waterfall was also seen, but rocks covered the bottom of the waterfall and parts of the track.

"Hopefully they future will see the waterfall track opened and pups return to the pool," the post read. 

It is still not safe to travel to the stream, so an assessment of the clean up has not happened yet.