Whale watch heli-flights from Kaikoura
The 09:54 from Christchurch to Picton arrives
Loads of backpackers disembark at Kaikoura
The Tranz Coastal is off - right on time
Max. speed 85kph along this line
Pretty smart coaching stock
5 hrs 13mins Christchurch to Picton - daily
Mount Fyffe and Te ao Whekere in the distance
The Rail (Whale) way station at Kaioura
Hapuku headland
Kaikoura Peninsula
One of the 5 Whale Watch boats
Our boat Aoraki ( A Maori God) or Mt Cook
A glimpse of a Humpback whale
The Humpback is out there !
A flash of wing and the Humpback is gone
Humpbacks are only occasional visitors
A Sperm whale sighted by an Albatross
Sperm whale up on the surface
Up for about six deep breaths each dive
About 45 seconds between breaths
Thar she blows
Sperm whale about to dive
Another whale watch boat
A bit of forward speed to keep up
About 50 metres away from us
Hidden by the swell
Sperm whales look so majestic
The back arches in preparation
Up comes the tail
The whale will dive for up to an hour
Depth here is around 3500 metres
Another sperm whale is spotted
A smaller one this time
So elegant and obviously untroubled by us
Tails up for the dive
Dive, dive, dive
Straight down to the bottom
The tail is about 10 feet out of the water
The spectacle is wonderful
He just slips away
All the Sperm Whales off Kaikoura are male
Just a ripple marks the spot
An albatross accompanies us
The wingspan is over 2 metres
Whale ho ! Another is sighted to starborad
More can be seen of this one
A large spout as he exhales
They come here to feed on squid in the deep trench
The sea swell is about 1.5 metres
The resident whales all have names
The whales take 5 or 6 mins to stock up on oxygen
Again, the back arches......
One last breath
Head down for the off.
A pronounced bend of the back
Heading down
Just missed a tail slap (playful !!?)
and a twirl perhaps
and gone......
The tail is about 3 metres across the tips
No one was disappointed today
Our albatross comes by again
They stay at sea for months on end
Flying within inches of the surface
Almost effortless using the prevailing 30 kt wind
Wandering the southern ocean
Out first sight of Dusky dolphins
There must be four or five hundred here
Always putting on a show
The sea was boiling with the dolphins
They eat at night, play and mate during the day
Dusky dolphin - Mother & calf
The guides say around 500 in this school
Seething with Dusky dolphins
Young males at play around the pack
They leap around 10 feet high
Never seen so many before
For each one on the surface - 5 or 6 below
Countless dolphins at play
This species is about 5 feet in length
The Duskies are never still
Leaping for Joy, or was it Jill, or Jackie ?
Acrobatics aren't in it
This is getting boring............
We do tailwalking too !
A lonely albatross rests
A little shy this one
This bird was about four miles off shore
About the size of a goose
The Pacific reaches toward Goose Bay
Okiwi Bay on 3rd March 2009
The sun came out early evening at Okiwi
Okiwi is a very small settlement
Old Git gets told to pose while he's still 60
An allium Chris liked
Twilight over Okiwi Bay
There are people living here - lucky them
The tide is out this evening
The campsite entrance - season almost over
Day 27 Kaikoura to Okiwi Bay
Chris & Graham - Oceania 2009
Author: Chris & Graham - Oceania 2009 (ID: 2341)
Posted: 2009-03-04 08:01 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 276.34 km
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Whale watch heli-flights from Kaikoura
The 09:54 from Christchurch to Picton arrives
Loads of backpackers disembark at Kaikoura
The Tranz Coastal is off - right on time
Max. speed 85kph along this line
Pretty smart coaching stock
5 hrs 13mins Christchurch to Picton - daily
Mount Fyffe and Te ao Whekere in the distance
The Rail (Whale) way station at Kaioura
Hapuku headland
Kaikoura Peninsula
One of the 5 Whale Watch boats
Our boat Aoraki ( A Maori God) or Mt Cook
A glimpse of a Humpback whale
The Humpback is out there !
A flash of wing and the Humpback is gone
Humpbacks are only occasional visitors
A Sperm whale sighted by an Albatross
Sperm whale up on the surface
Up for about six deep breaths each dive
About 45 seconds between breaths
Thar she blows
Sperm whale about to dive
Another whale watch boat
A bit of forward speed to keep up
About 50 metres away from us
Hidden by the swell
Sperm whales look so majestic
The back arches in preparation
Up comes the tail
The whale will dive for up to an hour
Depth here is around 3500 metres
Another sperm whale is spotted
A smaller one this time
So elegant and obviously untroubled by us
Tails up for the dive
Dive, dive, dive
Straight down to the bottom
The tail is about 10 feet out of the water
The spectacle is wonderful
He just slips away
All the Sperm Whales off Kaikoura are male
Just a ripple marks the spot
An albatross accompanies us
The wingspan is over 2 metres
Whale ho ! Another is sighted to starborad
More can be seen of this one
A large spout as he exhales
They come here to feed on squid in the deep trench
The sea swell is about 1.5 metres
The resident whales all have names
The whales take 5 or 6 mins to stock up on oxygen
Again, the back arches......
One last breath
Head down for the off.
A pronounced bend of the back
Heading down
Just missed a tail slap (playful !!?)
and a twirl perhaps
and gone......
The tail is about 3 metres across the tips
No one was disappointed today
Our albatross comes by again
They stay at sea for months on end
Flying within inches of the surface
Almost effortless using the prevailing 30 kt wind
Wandering the southern ocean
Out first sight of Dusky dolphins
There must be four or five hundred here
Always putting on a show
The sea was boiling with the dolphins
They eat at night, play and mate during the day
Dusky dolphin - Mother & calf
The guides say around 500 in this school
Seething with Dusky dolphins
Young males at play around the pack
They leap around 10 feet high
Never seen so many before
For each one on the surface - 5 or 6 below
Countless dolphins at play
This species is about 5 feet in length
The Duskies are never still
Leaping for Joy, or was it Jill, or Jackie ?
Acrobatics aren't in it
This is getting boring............
We do tailwalking too !
A lonely albatross rests
A little shy this one
This bird was about four miles off shore
About the size of a goose
The Pacific reaches toward Goose Bay
Okiwi Bay on 3rd March 2009
The sun came out early evening at Okiwi
Okiwi is a very small settlement
Old Git gets told to pose while he's still 60
An allium Chris liked
Twilight over Okiwi Bay
There are people living here - lucky them
The tide is out this evening
The campsite entrance - season almost over
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