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Kaikōura’s Commitment to Sustainability

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It's Seaweek here in New Zealand and we thought we'd showcase our commitment to sustainability. This year's theme is is “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas”.  Find out how Whale Watch and Kaikōura as a community look after our ocean and its precious marine life. 

Marine Mammal Spotlight - Pilot Whales

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It is during our summer months that we tend to see Pilot Whales passing through Kaikōura waters, recently we had a pod pass through that has a new born calf with them, being able to tell by the birth rings still evident on its body.

How do Sperm Whales communicate?

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The ability to produce and perceive sound is important for whales – to navigate, find food, and also communicate.

Toothed whales such as the sperm whale use echolocation to hunt their prey. They send out high frequency clicks then listen for their echo as they bounce back from objects – like their next meal!

When is the best time to come whale watching?

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Even though Sperm whales can be found in Kaikōura all year round, when is the best time to go whale watching? Our answer? Every day is a good day to watch whales, but some times of the year offer better opportunities than others.

Orca in June!

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Generally we sight orca off the Kaikōura coastline between the months of November to March, our summer months. However today (officially the first day of winter) we sighted a pod of orca out on one our morning tours. 

A Look Back Over January 2018

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An epic start to 2018 we've had here at Whale Watch Kaikoura, the amount and variety of marine life out in the Canyon that we have encountered has been remarkable. 6 species of whales were seen this month! Take a look at some of our favourite encounters this month.

A Look Back Over December 2017

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What a way to end the year. Check out our highlights at sea this month. Ever heard of a hybrid dolphin? This month we saw Common and Dusky Dolphins playing together, and we think a bit of inter-species breeding was going on ...

The Rarest of the World's Whales - Spotted Twice whilst Whale Watching

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The Shepherd’s Beaked Whale is one of the rarest species of whales to be sighted in the world. But over the past 10 days, a small pod has been spotted in the Kaikōura Canyon. Twice. 

A Look Back Over November 2017

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Throughout November we saw semi-resident Sperm Whales Jonah, Spotty Tail, Zeus and Aoraki, transient Sperm Whales, Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Hectors Dolphins, Dusky Dolphins and Orca!

A Look Back Over October 2017

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Throughout October we saw semi-resident Sperm Whale Holy Moly along with plenty of transient male Sperm Whales soaking up the abundance of food on offer in the Kaikōura Canyon. Some of these transient whales were absolutely huge! Well on the larger side of the size spectrum.

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State Highway 1 both North & South of Kaikōura

& Inland Road Route 70 between Christchurch (via Waiau) to Kaikōura is OPEN 24/7.

Please drive to the conditions & visit nzta.govt.nz/p2c for more information.