Category: Recent Sightings

A Look Back Over January 2018

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

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

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 October 2017

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.

When is the best time to come whale watching?

A question I get asked often is “When is the best time to come whale watching?” My first answer would be “Every day is a good day to come whale watching” after all we have sperm whale feeding off our coastline all year round. 

Why Do Whales Breach?

Ever wondered why sperm whales breach? This is a question we get asked often by our visitors, so I have put together what is hopefully some helpful information to this interesting question. While our visitors might think the whales are doing this to make for that Kodak moment it is likely they are breaching for other purposes.

Marine Mammal Spotlight - Common Dolphins

Common dolphins have a distinctive creamy yellow hourglass pattern along their sides, with a dark grey back, tail and flippers along with a cream coloured belly.

Marine Mammal Spotlight - Hector's Dolphins

Only found in New Zealand’s waters, this distinctive grey dolphin with black and white markings and a round dorsal fin (much like the shape of a Mickey Mouse ear) is...

Marine Mammal Spotlight - Humpback Whale

Over the weekend we were fortunate enough to be able to view a humpback whale on our tours.

Marine Mammal Spotlight - Orca

Orca can be found around the coast of New Zealand (including estuaries and harbours) being seen off the Kaikōura Coastline generally between the months of November – March usually at...

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