But when the conditions allowed we had some amazing tours during July with four of our winter semi-resident sperm whales being sighted feeding in the Kaikoura Canyon. Toki, Tutu, Slice and Saddleback – Saddleback being given his name due to the scaring on his back that from above looks much like that of a saddle…
As I mentioned in last month’s update it is at this time of the year that we are able to view baleen whales passing through on their annual migration – mainly humpback whales but this month we were in for quite the treat and were able to view the biggest creature in the World the blue whale and also a rare encounter with a couple of southern right whales.
2nd Jul – Southern Right Whales x2
6th Jul - Humpback x1
7th Jul – Humpback Whales x2
11th Jul – Humpback Whales x2
22nd Jul – Humpback Whales x2
23rd Jul – Humpback Whales x3
26th Jul – Humpback Whales x2
28th Jul – Blue Whale x1
31st Jul – Blue Whale x1
The humpback whale is a baleen whale meaning that it doesn’t have teeth but instead has baleen plates running down from the upper jaw that act like a sieve, filtering out the photo & zoo plankton (krill) and nutrients from the water. Baleen being a substance similar to our finger nails and hair. So, for being one of the largest creatures in the ocean they feast upon one of the smallest creatures in the ocean.
We also managed to view dusky dolphins, hectors dolphins, NZ fur seals and many different species of marine birds when time allowed on our tours. The great things about watching marine life in their natural environment is that you never know what you are going to see from one tour to the next which is what makes this job so enjoyable!
We have had some very successful tours this month with some great feedback from our customers. Be sure to check out the passenger testimonials and if you have not liked us already on facebook or are following us twitter be sure to do so, this will enable you to keep up with the latest goings on at Whale Watch Kaikoura.
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Until next month
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