When is the best time to come whale watching?
A question I get asked often is “When is the best time to come whale watching?” My first answer would be “Every day is a good day to come whale watching” after all we have sperm whale feeding off our coastline all year round.
Why Do Whales Breach?
Ever wondered why sperm whales breach? This is a question we get asked often by our visitors, so I have put together what is hopefully some helpful information to this interesting question. While our visitors might think the whales are doing this to make for that Kodak moment it is likely they are breaching for other purposes.
Marine Mammal Spotlight - Common Dolphins
Common dolphins have a distinctive creamy yellow hourglass pattern along their sides, with a dark grey back, tail and flippers along with a cream coloured belly.
Marine Mammal Spotlight - Hector's Dolphins
Only found in New Zealand’s waters, this distinctive grey dolphin with black and white markings and a round dorsal fin (much like the shape of a Mickey Mouse ear) is...
Two Blue Whales kind of day!
Yesterday we were treated to not one but two blue whales out on our tours. We couldn't believer our luck to see two of the world's largest creatures on our tours.
Kaikoura is so beautiful
I am pretty sure that I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Kaikoura - where the mountains meets the sea!
We Love Whale Watching
It really is so special to be able to take our guests out and show them a 'whale of a time'.
A sperm whale named Whero
Recently we have been sighting a sperm whale that has a reddish tinge to his skin. With this in mind crew have started to call him Whero which is Māori for red.
Kaikoura - Marine Life Mecca
Every now and then I am fortunate enough to be able to get out from behind my desk and head out to see whale watching. Yesterday was one such occasion.
Semi-resident sperm whale - Tutu
We had quite a few of our semi-resident sperm whales feeding in the canyon this month, examples being: Tutu, MatiMati, Manu, Tiaki and Saddleback.
It is not very common for us to see bottlenose dolphins on a regular basis off the Kaikoura coast however recently we had a pod of them along with some...
Unusual behavior of the sperm whale kind
Generally sperm whales are on the surface for around 10-15 mins taking in a new supply of oxygen as well as digesting their food and having a bit of a...
Pilot Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
It has been a great start to the year with not only sperm whales feeding close inshore but we have also had a pod of pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins...
Happy New Year
We have been having some fantastic tours out at sea with 3-4 semi-resident sperm whales feeding in the canyon.
Merry Christmas from the team at Whale Watch Kaikoura
It seems we had a very jolly visitor to our marina yesterday, stopping by to wish our manuhiri (guests) a very Merry Christmas.
Semi-resident sperm whale - Jonah
Over the last couple of months we have been watching this incredibly beautiful whale on our tours.