Photo: Callum Lilley
Adults rarely venture far during the breeding season. Typically, they forage between 2 – 25 km off shore, and dive up to 120 metres as many as 200 times a day. Their favoured prey includes red cod, sprat, silversides, squid, ahuru, blue cod and opal fish fingerlings up to 100mm in length. Even in the non-breeding season adults do not stray far from home, returning to shore most evenings.