Nearly every beach has its friendly population of elephant seals that spend the days sleeping, yawning and laying around while they are shedding their fur. I think fur seals also try to be friendly but usually they find a reason to growl at you; defending their pups and territories being two of the reasons they have to come chasing towards you across the beach.
Elephant seals laying between grass and tussock.
Group of elephant seals on the beach at St Andews bay.
A very sleepy fur seal next to our hut.
Fur seal pups near King Edward Point station.