A Look Back Over August 2015
Winter time is always such a beautiful time of the year in Kaikoura! We can have such calm beautiful winters days out at sea with the glorious Kaikoura ranges and their snow-capped peaks in the back ground, along with fantastic whale sightings.
We had 6 semi-resident sperm whales feeding in the canyon throughout the month: Manu, Tiaki, Aoraki, Tutu, MatiMati & Saddleback. Saddleback was given his name due to a large scar across his back that from above looks a bit like a saddle, we have been seeing him for the last 20+ years so he is very well known and one of our favorites.
We also had quite a few days where we had visiting species cruise past the Kaikoura coastline which is always a treat to see not just for our passengers but all the sea crew:
1 Aug – x2 Humpback Whales
2 Aug – x3 Humpback Whales
4 Aug – x3 Humpback Whales
7 Aug – x1 Humpback Whale
17 Aug – x1 Fin Whale
18 Aug – x1 Southern Right Whale
20 Aug – x1 Humpback Whale
23 Aug – x3 Humpback Whales
24 Aug – x4 Humpback Whales
29 Aug – x1 Humpback Whale
29 Aug – x15 Common Dolphins
Seeing a Southern Right Whale was definitely a highlight for our sea crew during August, as they are critically endangered. Quite the contrast to the days of old. Kaikoura was where hundreds of Southern Right Whale mothers and calves would congregate so much so that people would complain about how loud they were at night!
When we have time on our tours our captains will always do their best to show any other species of marine life that is within a viable distance from where we were watching the whales. During August we were able to see hectors dolphins, dusky dolphins and NZ fur seals.
There were also many other species of birds sighted throughout the month, petrels, shearwaters, and various species of albatross. It is during this time of the year that we especially see many cape petrels as they frequent our waters during our winter months. These birds have black and white splotches on their backs making them quite distinctive and easy to tell when out at sea.
Spring is starting to make itself known with plenty of blossom and daffodils blooming along with lambs and calves bouncing around in the paddocks. Here is hoping for a great September in the whale department with fantastic sightings and many happy passengers.
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you have visited us and have a story you would like to share we would love to hear from you.
Until next month,