A Look Back Over April 2016
Autumn is my favourite time of the year with all the beautiful colours as the trees start to shed their leaves. The sunrises at this time of the year are stunning and well worth getting up early to witness.
We had such beautiful days both weather & sea conditions wise, really were very spoilt. This made for many happy guests both while whale watching with us and also while visiting our amazing wee town.
The semi-resident sperm whales that we were able to view throughout April included Saddleback, Manu and Tiaki. Saddleback being given his name due to a patch found on his back that looks much like that of a saddle. We have been seeing Saddleback for over 20+ years now off the Kaikoura coast well and truly a local.
There were quite a few visitors during April which is always such a treat:
2 April – Orca x4
4 April – Orca x4
5 April – Humpback x1
11 April – Humpback x2
13 April – Humpback x1
15 April – Humpback x1
16 April – Orca x3
26 April – Blue x2
29 April – Blue x2
It is this time of the year that we start to see humpback whales pass by on their annual migration from the colder Antarctic waters to the warmer waters for the winter period. Always a blessing to see these beautiful whales as they stop by Kaikoura.
As with all out tours when time allows we take time to view other species of marine life that live off the Kaikoura coast such dusky dolphins, NZ fur seals and the many marine bird species we can view here.
Bird species sighted during April included: Wandering albatross, Royal albatross, Bullers mollymawks, Shy mollymawks, Cape petrels, Giant Northern Petrels, Westland Petrels to name a few.
With the winter months creeping closer we are hoping for some snow to appear on the mountains, they are beautiful without snow on them but when they do they are spectacular.
Have a great month all,