Why Do Whales Breach?
Ever wondered why sperm whales breach? This is a question we get asked often by our visitors, so I have put together what is hopefully some helpful information to this interesting question. While our visitors might think the whales are doing this to make for that Kodak moment it is likely they are breaching for other purposes.
Marine Mammal Spotlight - Common Dolphins
Common dolphins have a distinctive creamy yellow hourglass pattern along their sides, with a dark grey back, tail and flippers along with a cream coloured belly.
Marine Mammal Spotlight - Hector's Dolphins
Only found in New Zealand’s waters, this distinctive grey dolphin with black and white markings and a round dorsal fin (much like the shape of a Mickey Mouse ear) is...
Marine Mammal Spotlight - Humpback Whale
Over the weekend we were fortunate enough to be able to view a humpback whale on our tours.
Marine Mammal Spotlight - Orca
Orca can be found around the coast of New Zealand (including estuaries and harbours) being seen off the Kaikōura Coastline generally between the months of November – March usually at least...
Erect-Crested Penguin Sighting
Over the last few days there has been sightings of a Erect-Crested Penguin. It is thought that the last official sighting of one of these individuals was in 2007.
Whale Watching during January 2017
On the 14th November a 7.8 earthquake shook our wee town in the small hours of the morning along with the surrounding districts around us.
A Look Back Over 2 Weeks Of Whale Watching
We have been back operating our tours commercially 2 weeks today! Over the last 14 days we have seen a wide variety of marine life which just goes to show...
Our 1st Whale Watching Trip Post Earthquake - 2nd Jan 2017
Wahoo... We were able to go whale watching this morning with our first commercial tour since the 14th November 2016.
Two Blue Whales kind of day!
Yesterday we were treated to not one but two blue whales out on our tours. We couldn't believer our luck to see two of the world's largest creatures on our tours.
Humpback Whale Migration
It is that time of the year where we start to see Humpback Whales migrating through on their way to the warmer waters for winter.
Kaikoura is so beautiful
I am pretty sure that I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Kaikoura - where the mountains meets the sea!
We Love Whale Watching
It really is so special to be able to take our guests out and show them a 'whale of a time'.
A sperm whale named Whero
Recently we have been sighting a sperm whale that has a reddish tinge to his skin. With this in mind crew have started to call him Whero which is Māori for red.
Kaikoura - Marine Life Mecca
Every now and then I am fortunate enough to be able to get out from behind my desk and head out to see whale watching. Yesterday was one such occasion.
Semi-resident sperm whale - Tutu
We had quite a few of our semi-resident sperm whales feeding in the canyon this month, examples being: Tutu, MatiMati, Manu, Tiaki and Saddleback.
It is not very common for us to see bottlenose dolphins on a regular basis off the Kaikoura coast however recently we had a pod of them along with some...
Unusual behavior of the sperm whale kind
Generally sperm whales are on the surface for around 10-15 mins taking in a new supply of oxygen as well as digesting their food and having a bit of a...
Pilot Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
It has been a great start to the year with not only sperm whales feeding close inshore but we have also had a pod of pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins...
Happy New Year
We have been having some fantastic tours out at sea with 3-4 semi-resident sperm whales feeding in the canyon.
Merry Christmas from the team at Whale Watch Kaikoura
It seems we had a very jolly visitor to our marina yesterday, stopping by to wish our manuhiri (guests) a very Merry Christmas.
Tiaki, Jonah and Aoraki
We currently have three semi-resident sperm whales feeding close inshore - Tiaki, Jonah and Aoraki.
Semi-resident sperm whale - Jonah
Over the last couple of months we have been watching this incredibly beautiful whale on our tours.
Semi-resident sperm whales are back
We have had three of our semi-resident sperm whales move back into the Kaikoura canyon - Tutu, MatiMati and Tiaki after a few months of feeding further offshore.
Wonderful day for whale watching
We are having such beautiful weather in Kaikoura with warm temperatures and calm seas to go with it. Today's tours we have been sighting sperm whales, dusky dolphins, Nz fur seals and marine birds. We have also been seeing Hector's dolphins playing out the front of our office.
Windy day in Kaikoura
We have had a very windy day in Kaikoura which unfortunately made for very rough sea conditions which meant we were unable to sail today. We are hoping that the wind calms down overnight and that we are back out there tomorrow. Have a good weekend. Picture featured was taking during sunset last night.
Orca pay Kaikoura a visit
Another spectacular day in Kaikoura with sperm whale activity close inshore, dusky dolphins along the coastline and even a pod of Orca paying us a visit. Such a wonderful time of the year to come whale watching.
Sperm whales in close today
We have had sperm whale activity close inshore over the last few days which is wonderful.
Windy afternoon in Kaikoura
We were able to get our first two rounds of tours out today before the forecast wind from the NE arrived.
Rain, wind and hail
It has been an all seasons type of day in Kaikoura with sunshine, rain, hail and wind all in one. Our first round of tours sailed but we ended up canceling the rest of the day due to rough seas offshore. Hoping things calm down overnight and we are back out there tomorrow.
Foggy start to the day
We had a very foggy start to the day in Kaikoura. Our tours were able to head out in search of whales this morning but unfortunately the whales were feeding...
We have had a great couple of days out at sea with sperm whales feeding between 8 - 12 miles offshore.