Whale watch day

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Noodle the whale

I had been so excited about whale watching even before we had started travelling as I had heard about Kaikoura and how famous its is for whale watching. We had arrived into Kaikoura last night and had booked the whale watch.

We made our way in perfect sunshine to the whale watch station and had a short bus ride to where we would catch the boat. We were told about the sea sickness threat due to the swell far out to sea and I overdosed on travel sickness pills just incase! The boats were brand new and had lots of bells and whistles including a flat screen T.V on which we were given presentations about the different whals we would see and how Kaikoura attracts so many whales. Within about 20 minutes of the boat ride we were told there had been a sperm whale spotted and we raced out to catch it.

Another sperm whale, magical
Once the boat had stopped we got onto the deck to see this magnificent creature. We could see it in the water not too far away, just the top of it and its blow hole. It seemed to just sit about in the water for a bit and then it went to dive giving us a view of its huge and powerful tail. I got some wonderful photos which I hope to add later. We were lucky on this trip because as well as this first sighting we were treated to another sperm whale and another vieiwng of the first whale. I was so surprised at how close we could get to it, I did just expect to see it as a dot in the distance. We definately got our moneys worth. I did feel terribly sorry for quite a few people who were cronically sea sick throughtout the whole trip. They had paid all this money and didn´t get to see anything.

After the whale watching part was over we went further inland to see the dusky dolphins. There were about 30-40 dolphins who swam with the boat jumping and twirling in and out of our way. It was such a display and almost rivaled the whales. We also managed to see a few fur seals who were out at sea, but after waling through them yesterday on the shore we were a bit blase about them.

It was such a good experience that I would really recommend as long as you don´t get too sea sick!

Purdy says:
THis is the part of my NZ trip that l am SO looking forward too! It sounds wonderful - although l am a bit nervous as l do get really sea sick. Is the sea that rough?

Heather
Posted on: Jun 11, 2006
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Noodle the whale
Noodle the whale
Another sperm whale, magical
Another sperm whale, magical
Dusky dolphins
Dusky dolphins
The boat
The boat
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