Day 17/35 – Part 3/6

Sperm Whale Number 3

Here you can clearly see, how difficult it can be to spot a whale. They are completely lost between the waves and nine out of ten times someone thinks to see one, it is just a wave.

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

With this one it also takes a while to get there.

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

The whale has been on the surface for a while, because his head comes comes above water…

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

…he arches his back…

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

…tilts his tail into the air…

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

…and goes down slowly…

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

…but steady…

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

…into the abyss.

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

Dusky Dolphins

On the way back we stumble upon a group of Dusky Dolphins very close to shore. There are several hundreds of them.

Dusky Dolphin at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

They jump out of the water and hit the water with their tail in mid air.

Dusky Dolphin at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

Very difficult to photograph. You don’t know where to look and they disappear as quickly as they come. Soon I discover that it is better to track one,…

Dusky Dolphin at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

…or two at max.

Dusky Dolphin at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

One of them comes very close to the vessel and keeps jumping out of the water.

Dusky Dolphin at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

Every time he is out of the water, he hits it with his tail, before diving in again.

Dusky Dolphin at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

It takes some practice, but after a couple of tries, I succeed…

Dusky Dolphin at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

…to make some…

Dusky Dolphin at Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, Nieuw Zealand.

…nice shots.

Dusky Dolphin 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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