We released "tubby" this morning 31/03/14 down near Diamond Island,we found him 24/02/14 down on the beach in a high risk area, dogs , feral cats etc.
He came ashore to moult which meant he was land bound so we had his company for about 5 weeks.
Didnt eat for the first 2-3 weeks but then got his appetite back & in the end was eating 750-800 grams a day.
Release weight was 4.75kg,
Didnt take much time before he put his toes in the water then straight in.
Wasnt long before he was 100metres off shore, wish him all the best and hope he goes back to NZ to mate & make more Fiordlands.