In 2007 I spent a lot of time out on the water in Kaikoura, collecting data and taking photographs of the male sperm whales that can be seen year not far from South Bay. Upon starting a deep feeding dive sperm whales usually lift their tail flukes out of the water, especially the males, who are bigger than the females and are known for lifting their flukes up particularly high.
A rare close-up moment. This sperm whale approached our boat before lifting his tail high out of the water, very close to our boat!
Misty sperm whale blow on a cold autumn morning
Seeing a sperm whale fluke is always a magical moment!
Kaikoura isn't just about whales. It's also one of the best places to observe seabirds, such as this Southern Royal Albatross (Diomedea epomophora)
Buller's albatross (Thalassarche bulleri). These birds are beautifully marked, despite having a cross look.