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There she blows!

I think

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Today was all about the Whales. Kaikoura is renowned for it’s whale spotting tours so we were hoping it was third time lucky. The first time - Indian Head, Fraser Island, Australia 2007 trying to spot whales from the shore; Nothing. The second time – Hermanus, South Africa 2009; the boat couldn’t go out. The third time – Kaikoura. Fingers crossed. It didn’t look good. We’d done a walk around the peninsula at Kaikoura and you couldn’t see a think. It was a proper ‘pea souper’ so we weren’t hopeful. The tour after us got cancelled but our captain decided he could get us a sighting. The sea was calm but that didn’t stop a few people heaving. We finally stopped and used a microphone dropped in to the ocean to listen. I have to say it’s boring tracking sperm whales. They could be heard, which is bad because they’re on the ocean bed. Then silence……..”port side” came the cry and there it was, a male sperm whale surfacing and spurting from it’s blow hole. It swam alongside us for about 5 minutes then dived down to the depths for more feeding. It was a majestic looking creature. Was all the waiting worth it? Probably not. Was it worth the money? Probably not. At least we can say we’ve seen one in the wild though.

Posted by neilthelr 02:02 Archived in New Zealand Tagged animals Comments (0)

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