A Look Back Over March 2016
I just love this time of the year where the leaves start to change colour, it really does make for such beautiful scenery. The days are getting shorter but the beautiful sunrises and sunsets that go with this make up for it.
We had two semi-resident sperm whales being sighted throughout March – Tiaki and Tutu. Both of these whales have been sighted off the Kaikoura coastline for many years now and have become good friends of ours.
We are able to identify these individuals apart by the different shaped dorsal fins, tail and heads along with markings and scars these whales have.
During March we were able to see a couple of other species of whale pass by the coastline which is always an extra special bonus for our guests and sea crew alike.
13th March – Blue Whale x3
14th March – Humpback Whale
15th March – Humpback Whale
This humpback whale was rather special in the fact that it didn’t have a tail. Such an unusual sight to see and not something we have experienced before. It is amazing to think that this whale is still able to travel great distances despite no tail flukes to help propel itself along.
There have also been three species of dolphins sighted pretty regularly this month. Dusky dolphins (which we see all year round) were seen often in pods of between 100-400 individuals. There was also regular sightings of Hector’s Dolphins and Common Dolphins too.
The dusky dolphins have been feeding close inshore at times being able to sit on the beach in South Bay and watch them doing the leaps, jumps and flips they are renowned for. Even though the water starts to get cooler it is still a great time of the year to go swimming with them…
When time allows we do our best to also stop and see NZ Fur Seals at an area called Barney’s Rock along with any of the amazing bird species that are either flying about or taking a rest of the surface such as: Wandering albatross, shy mollymawk, cape petrels, giant northern petrel, Hutton’s shearwater and Buller’s shearwater.
From time to time our crew are able to capture an image or two of their time out whale watching. Here are a few shots that were sent through to me this month – enjoy!
Until next month,