Can’t believe how lucky I’ve been this trip. Woke up this morning and skies were relatively clear so it was all on for the whale watch. Feeling a little queasy having just returned from a very fruitful couple of hours marine life spotting.
Saw 3 male Sperm Whales (Big Nick, Little Nick and Rua- which is Maori for 2 as he has 2 nicks). You’ll have to make do with pic below (Sperm Whale dinner of giant squid from an animation shown on the boat) for now as file sizes a bit too humungous to post the real whale pics.
Apparently female sperm whales being smaller and having less blubber ain’t too keen on the cold waters in the Kaikoura canyon (an under water canyon just off the Kaikoura coast that’s deeper than grand Canyon).
Also present a huge pod of Dusky Dolphins:
A Blue Penguin (apparently rare for them to be sighted around these parts) – smallest penguin in the world weighing in at a tiny 200g ; a Southern Albatross or two (wing span a whopping 3.5m from tip to tip), and finally some more Fur Seals:
All too soon it was time to come back to land. Fab, fab, tour but glad to be back on terra firma as I was starting to feel really nauseous.
Mountains a bit more visible than they were yesterday too!