Little work is being done on New Zealand pinnipeds, and I am not aware of any being done around the Auckland region. Here we have what we so often see, an 'almost dead' seal on an Auckland west coast beach, encountered today. There was nothing that we could do for this poor animal; by law we are not allowed to touch them, and it was on its very last legs/breath. A study on diet of these otherwise poorly known animals, and anthropogenic threats to the seals would make for a superb Masters research programme. I'd sure like to hear from someone interested in undertaking a project of this nature! That's Severine, one of our postgrads, acting as a scale.