On the Clive coast, among a jungle of old giant concrete barriers, washed-up driftwood and a disused outflow pipe, a seal colony has found a new home. So why is DoC worried? Blair Voorend reports.

The photos first started popping up in early winter.

The seals were at Clive's old outflow pipe at the end of Richmond Rd. And they were loving it.

The spot is rustic, fascinating, the sort of thing that is instantly Instagrammable for young tourists.


It's also easily accessible for much of the Hawke's Bay's tens of thousands of families.

Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger Rod