A Look Back Over May 2016
What a beautiful end to autumn we had with the amazing colours from the trees before their leaves fell; we also had some warm autumn’s days to which were welcomed before the chill set in. We are now in to winter with chilly frosty starts to the day and shorter day light hours.
We had a successful month out on the water with great sightings of not only the resident sperm whales but migrating humpbacks and killer whales.
The great thing about Kaikoura is the diversity of marine life we have here due to the deep waters being so close, which is due to the continental shelf running close in off our coastline (at times only 800m from the beach), also because of the abundance of food we have due to the subtropical convergence – this is where two current meet (one from the Antarctic waters & one from the Tropical waters) and collide against each other causing a washing machine effect bringing all the nutrients of the sea floor and begging the food chain, whatever it taken out of the food chain being constantly replenished.
Sperm whales feast upon around a tonne of food per day so this abundance of food here in Kaikoura being ideal to sustain these whales’ appetites. There were 3 resident sperm whales sighted throughout May: Tutu, Holy Moly & Aotearoa - we are able to identify these whales by the different markings they have, also different shaped dorsal fins etc…
Passengers on the following tours were blessed in seeing not only sperm whales but also the following migratory species:
Orca x2 – 19th May
Humpback x3 – 25th May
Orca x6 – 26th May
Humpback x1 – 27th May
Humpback x2 – 28th May
We were also fortunate to see dusky dolphins, hector dolphins, common dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and many different species of marine birds on our tours throughout out the month when time and opportunity allowed.
As you can see we had a fantastic month out on the water both conditions wise and sightings wise.
Until next month – keep warm