The Giant Sperm Whale Part 2

There are some amazing facts about the Sperm Whale that are worth sharing, showing you just how truly amazing these creatures are and in turn how incredibly blessed we are to be able to enter into their natural environment.

What do they eat?


Hapuka also known as Groper

Giant Squid Full

Echo Location:

As sound waves (clicks) pass through the spermaceti oil, the sound is enhanced and amplified. The Sperm Whale is thought to be one of the world’s loudest animal. It has been recorded at 230 decibels. It is thought that the Sperm Whale can use its sonar not only to locate its prey but to stun or kill its prey.

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Cpt Shannon listening to the sperm whales echolocation

Inside the Sperm Whales head:

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Spermaceti Organ - 1/3 of the whales body length

Deep Divers:

As you can see from the information in this blog and also in Part 1 that the Sperm Whales that we get to see on our tours are truly magnificent creatures! 

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Semi-resident sperm whale Jonah


There is a possibility of short delays with it being 30km/hour through parts of the route. The full rebuild of the highway will continue in 2018. Check the NZTA website for road updates before traveling. INLAND ROUTE 70 IS OPEN 24/7.


Hasslefree ToursCanterbury Leisure Tours & Kaikoura Express have daily services from Christchurch to Kaikōura with a return service from Christchurch. Kiwi Experience now have the option of a day tour out of Christchurch for their travellers. Intercity Bus also provides a bus service between Christchurch and Kaikoura return.

Progress on the work being done on the roads can be found on the dedicated Kaikoura Earthquake Response page provided by the team at NZTA. This page is updated weekly on Fridays. Work is also underway on the railway network, please be aware and take care when using rail crossings.