A Look Back Over December 2015
Welcome to the first update of 2016… The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura hopes you all had a wonderful Christmas / New Years with your family and friends. We have been really blessed with lots of sunshine and fantastic tours over the holiday season.
December was a very busy month for us with it being the beginning of our summer period. We had many successful trips along with fantastic sightings and happy passengers.
We had 5 semi-resident sperm whales sighted at various times throughout December along with other individuals that came and went as they pleased. Two of the semi-residents were Tutu (short for Tutumairekurai which translates to Special Ocean Dweller which is the Maori name given to the Hectors Dolphin. Tutu's dorsal fin is shaped a bit like that of a Hectors Dolphin - hence the name Tutu) and MatiMati (also known as Fingers). The other 3 semi-residents were Tiaki, Aoraki and Jonah. All of these sperm whales have been visiting Kaikoura off and on for many years now and have become good friends of ours.
From time to time we also get to see other species of marine life pass through the area due to Kaikoura being on the main migratory path for many species of whales and dolphins, passengers who travelled on the following dates were in for a treat with being able to sight not only sperm whales but also:
03 Dec – Orca x3
10 Dec – Orca x12
18 Dec – Orca x4
22 Dec – Orca x4
23 Dec – Southern Right Whale Dolphins x6
26 Dec – Orca x4
31 Dec – Orca x5
31 Dec – Beaked Whales x2
When time and opportunity allows we can also regularly see dusky dolphins, hectors dolphins, NZ fur seals, and there was even a few blue penguins and a sunfish sighted offshore as the water has started to warm up.
There have been regular sightings of the Hectors Dolphins out the front of our office along with pods of between 100 – 500 dusky dolphins on the southern side of the peninsula.
We are blessed with an abundance of marine birds off the coastline also, some examples of bird species we sighted include: Hutton Shearwater’s, Wandering Albatross, Buller’s Shearwater, Fairy Prions, Giant Northern Petrel, Shy Mollymawk to name a few.
Please remember to book well in advance at this time of the year as our tours are in high demand.
Here is to an amazing 2016 with plenty of great whale (and other marine life) sightings. We look forward to having you come visit with us.