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The Giant Sperm Whale

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Did you know it is the Giant Sperm Whale that we see off the Kaikōura coastline all year round? Being the largest of the toothed cetaceans they can measure in at up to 20 metres in length and weigh in at around 60 tonne in weight!

Finalist for the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards 2019

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We love what we do. Being announced as a finalist in this year's Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards is such an honour.  

Oceania Responsible Tourism Award 2019 Nominee - Please Vote

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We have some great news to share – Whale Watch Kaikōura has been nominated in this year’s World Travel Awards under the Oceania section for the Responsible Tourism Award 2019.

Hutton's Shearwaters FlySafe Campaign

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During March and April, there is a call for those in Kaikōura to help Hutton’s Shearwater fledglings to reach the sea safely. Learn how you can help.

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.

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

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