Day 17/35 – Part 2/6

Sperm Whale Number 2

After a while, number 2 is spotted. We have to sail quite a distance to get there.

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

The whale is breathing quietly…

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

…and the vessel sails around him, so we can see him from all sides, like here from the tail…

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

…so that you can see how wide he really is.

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

Here it is almost a silhouet with beautiful backlight.

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

Breathing out, takes…

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

…a couple of seconds…

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

…and is followed by a short breath in whereafter he submerges his head again. Every breath adds 10 minutes to the next dive. So you can very easy determine how long the next dive is going to last.

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

The airhole is weirdly located on the left side for all sperm whales.

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

This photo clearly reveals the bubbles of fat right under his skin. Apparently, the whale is a bit shy…

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

…because without warning he dives, without curving the back and flipping the tail high above water. This is a sign that he is not going to hunt but is frightened by the vessel. In these situations the vessel turns away immediately to leave the whale alone.

Sperm Whale at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

Maps, Charts & Downloads

GPS Map with color coded altitude information

Color coded distance/altitude chart

Color coded distance/altitude chart, New Zealand Late Summer 2011, Day 17

Download the original gpx file gpx file here.

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