Andre comes to town.
He’s been known to stop traffic and his presence could on occasion require a police escort. He attracts attention, he is photographed an awful lot and word that he’s in town spreads like wild fire via social media, texts and whispered phone calls “Andre’s here”. The local paparazzi come out in force and accumulate new members along the boundary of Andre’s residence, it’s standing room only.
He weighs in around 450kg and stands approximately 2.4 to 3.5 metres tall. He doesn’t say a lot, much preferring to let his mere being there speak volumes. He isn’t too demanding either, not a diva shall we say, he just wants a quiet place to lay his head, not afraid to fluff his own pillow and arrange his ‘blankets’ around him as he pleases without much fuss.
Andre is not only welcomed by the community members as one of their own, they flock to see him yet dare only to whisper in his presence. No, this is a celebrity that doesn’t want all the admiration or adulation. He is a great ambassador for his kind, because Andre is one of the worlds rarest, so to have him call Bluff his regular ‘stop over’ is treasured by all whom live there. Andre is after all on the National Critically Endangered list.
It’s been said that Andre came to acquire his current prized piece of real estate by ‘evicting’ the previous owner and when you see Andre close up you will see why this is not just an Bluff Urban Myth but something that could be very possible indeed.
Yes true, Andre is a New Zealand Sea-lion (or ‘Hooker’s Sea Lion or Whakahao), but to those living in Bluff he’s just another Bluffy whose arrival home from sea is celebrated.