A Look Back Over October 2015
October was an interesting month, it is around this time of the year that we beginning to notice the sperm whales feeding further offshore as the changeover period from winter whales to summer whales take’s place. This can at times make our trips a bit harder than normal but when working with nature you never really know what is going to happen from one day to the next – it is a part of what makes whale watching so exciting.
We were very fortunate to have a transient pod of sperm whales feeding around the canyon during October, with the distances we were travelling it at times meant our patience were being put to the test put the reward at the end of seeing a mighty sperm whale was worth the wait.
It was a busy month for other species of whales visiting Kaikōura which is always an added bonus on our tours for both passengers and crew alike.
7th Oct – x2 Humpback Whales
9th Oct – x2 Humpback Whales
10th Oct – x1 Blue Whale
11th Oct – x1 Blue Whale
15th Oct – x1 Humpback Whale
17th Oct – x1 Humpback Whale
20th Oct – x1 Humpback Whale
As you can see it was rather busy for visitors, really is such a treat to see them passing through especially the largest creature in the world – the Blue Whale…
Did you know their heart is the same size as a small car? Or that for the largest creature in the world they eat one of the smallest creatures in the ocean – krill? Amazing.
On the days when the sperm whales are feeding beyond our operating limits and sea conditions allow we offer our guests an Inshore Nature Tour which is a 2 hour tour travelling along the coastline viewing dolphins, seals, marine birds and any other species of marine life that we come across as well as providing both European and Maori history of the area. All those who take part in this alternative have such a wonderful time.
With the summer fast approaching we have new staff joining the team gearing up for an anticipated busy season, if you are planning to join us over summer it does pay to book in advance so as not to be disappointed.
Have a great month all – not long now until Christmas.
If you are looking for that perfect gift for the marine lover in your family why not consider a Kaikoura Marine Combo voucher…