1. Holy Moly fluking (semi resident sperm whale)
2. Tutu’s Whale footprint (semi resident sperm whale)
3. Size comparison of a sperm whale with a human. (Photo by Keri Wilk @keriwilk)
4. A sperm whale's clicking and creaking sound. (Source: https://www.whalewatch.co.nz/)
It was a cold afternoon in Kaikoura, especially cold for me and my family as we’ve spent most of our lives (except the vacations of course) in the tropics. I had never before ever been to a beach city in the middle of the day and shivered. My brain was having a hard time believing my senses.I have mentioned in my instagram stories while I was in New Zealand and I’ll say it again : Auckland to Christchurch on a clear day is the most beautiful flight you’ll ever be on! Get a window seat and just enjoy the scenery as nature paints it for you.
I was able to spot Kaikoura from the flight and did I jump. I had seen so many amazing pictures of Kaikoura while planning the trip but to see it from 29,000 ft is something.
I remember @ipotates once asking me what is my kind of landscape. I would’ve replied Kaikoura if I had been there by then. You are spoilt for choice in Kaikoura. Beaches line the coast; spanning no more than three streets across, the quiet little town, runs parallel to them; grasslands following the city, fern forests standing tall on the now sloping grounds; and magnificient snow-capped peaks towering everyone. Viewed best from the Kaikoura lookout, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
It should come as no surprise that wildlife is abundant here. About 800 metres off the Kaikoura coast, an underwater canyon 1200 metres deep exists. This trench gets nutrients from the deep ocean closer to the surface making it an ideal feeding ground for many species. It is very rich in biodiversity and population. The whales come here as apex predators and feed off the other species.