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Weekly Update - 18th December 2018


1 year, 1 month, and 1 day on from the 7.8 Magnitude earthquake that shook our town and State Highway 1 North to Picton is now open for the public!  Orca once again visited us, encountering a small pod of 3 who stuck around for the majority of the day. We also saw Orca on the day the Kaikōura Marina officially opened, we’re starting to think they’re Kaikōura’s good luck charm. Other significant sightings this week include a Blue Whale, Common Dolphins and a breaching Sperm Whale.

Weekly Update - 11th December 2017

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Kaikōura’s Summer weather has been a treat this past week, making for some epic sea conditions and amazing clear sightings of marine life out on the water. It seems like Tiaki and Tutu, two of our favourite whales to see out in the Canyon, have been getting reacquainted since they’ve reunited, as this marks the second week in a row that we’ve seen catching a breather up on the surface and diving down to feed together.

Weekly Update - 4th December 2017

Whale in Kaikoura, New Zealand

It’s the beginning of Summer for us here in New Zealand and we’ve been blessed with some absolutely stunning days on the water, with perfect sea conditions and long hot sunny days to go along with it. Looks like it’s been a start of Summer reunion for our semi-residential Sperm Whales here in Kaikōura this week!

6 of the World's Most Famous Whales

Humpback Whale jumping out from the water

Whales have mesmerised humans and been a part of our history ever since our early ancestors set out to sea. There are currently over 40 known species of whales residing underwater, found throughout all of the world’s oceans. Here are 6 of the most famous ones. 

Weekly Update - 27th November 2017

Sperm whale named Zeus

There has been a recent familiar fluke that we’ve been seeing on our tours, so much so that we have named him to help identify him to our Sea Crew and passengers. Zeus was named due to the white scar that runs along his back which resembles the Greek God Zeus’ lightning bolt, his signature weapon.

Weekly Update - 20th November 2017

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This week Kaikōura really lived up to its reputation of being a marine mecca, with a wide variety of marine mammals sighted in abundance on our tours! We saw Sperm Whales (including semi-resident Spotty Tail), Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Orca, Dusky Dolphins, Hectors Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins and even a Blue Shark!

Weekly Update - 13th November 2017

Whale tail in Kaikoura, New Zealand

Orca made an appearance over the weekend and are kicking off our Summer season early! We spotted five of them Saturday afternoon, making for some serious exciting tours for not only our passengers but also our Sea Crew! 

Weekly Update - 6th November 2017

Kaikoura sunrise

This week we continued to see transient Sperm Whales on our tours, the sheer size of them was very impressive! They tend to be on the larger side of the Sperm Whale size spectrum, reaching up to 20 metres – much longer than our whale watching vessels!

Weekly Update - 31st October 2017

Two Humpback Whales

The sunshine over the past week here in Kaikōura can’t be beat! It’s feeling more and more like Summer with this kind of heat, which has also provided some amazing sea conditions out on the water in pursuit of the Giant Sperm Whales.

Weekly Update - 25th October 2017

Mother and Calf Hectors Dolphin in Kaikoura, New Zealand

Labour Weekend provided some amazing sightings for our guests this year! Humpback Whales were sighted getting slap happy, with one guy slapping his tail an uncountable number of times. He must have been just as happy to see us as our passengers were to see him! He also had a pod of Dusky Dolphins in tow who were doing leaps and flips around him, what a sight to be out on the water to see!

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