Kaikoura is a great place to see male sperm whales that seek out the deep waters of the Kaikoura canyon to feed. It was these sperm whales that captivated me and led me to work in this area for a few years. However, there is a lot more than just sperm whales to see in this region. During one year I was incredibly lucky to see a rare and endangered southern right whale. I also encountered humpback whales that migrate through the region in the winter, one blue whale, plenty of dusky dolphins, some rare Hector's dolphins and even orcas on a few occasions. Kaikoura is also one of the best places in the world to see oceanic birds, such as albatross and petrels, off the mainland. In 2010 I left this beautiful area to see more of the world and explore the marine life that other places also have to offer. However, Kaikoura will always have a special place in my heart.
Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis)
Juvenile humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) upside down lobtailing
Hector's dolphin (Cephalorynchus hectori)
A big male New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) drying in the sun
A sperm whale diving close to one of the Whale Watch Kaikoura boats
Little pied cormorant (Microcarbo melanol)
The Kaikoura peninsula