Whales, dolphins and seals!

What an incredible last proper day in New Zealand we have had! This morning we did something rather special…we went whale watching!
It may have been a beautiful sunny morning, however the wind last night made for quite a ruff sea today. On the way out to find the whales I was feeling quite sick, but as soon as there was any signal from the crew that there might be a whale in our site I was too excited to feel sick anymore!We had the most fantastic 2 hours on the boat and saw three whales, about ten dolphins, hundreds of seals, the worlds smallest penguins and some amazing albatross…pretty good trip I would say! The whales were absolutely incredible, we saw one Humpback whale and two Sperm whales, they really were remarkable and just enormous. Although we were on a whale watching tour, my eyes were pealed for any dolphins, and we were lucky enough to spot some, in fact the first marine life we saw on the tour were two Dusky Dolphins, they were seriously beautiful and I think Elliot appreciated them a lot, as it stopped me going on about how much I wanted to see them! On the tour, the crew look out at the sea looking for any sprays from the whales, and as soon as they see one they drive as fast as possible to get to them before the whales dive down.
We were very lucky to see a Humpback whale as they apparently don’t head to this area very often.
After the excitement of the whales and dolphins etc, we then headed to Ohau Stream where seal pups gather to play and sleep while their mothers are off catching them some fish. Elliot and I weren’t expecting to see what we saw, we walked up the stream to get to the waterfall where the pups would hopefully be…although having walked past quite a few people who were returning from the stream not looking that happy, we didn’t get our hopes up. Oh my goodness, when we got there we could not believe our eyes, over 60 pups were all around us playing in the pool under the waterfall, waddling up to us to say hello and just having such a great time. It looked like play time at a nursery school…adorable! We stayed there for about an hour just in amazement of what we were seeing. Unfortunately there was a rather annoying man who kept using the flash on his camera which lit up the entire area we were in, it did disrupt the experience a little bit, but was obviously still completely incredible! Next we headed to another lookout where another seal colony was, here we saw over 200 seals, they were just everywhere! I can’t quite believe the amount of marine life we have seen today and also how close we got to it all too!
As it is our last night in the camper, we decided to go in the free hottub in the campsite which you can book for a half an hour slot. It was a really lovely way to end the adventure!
Tomorrow we will be packing and giving Joey back to the company.
Such an incredible day, although it is very sad that it is all coming to an end!

Bye for now

XXX

Two Dusky dolphins
Two Dusky dolphins
Amazing albatross
Amazing albatross
Sperm whale spraying
Sperm whale spraying
Sperm whale tail
Sperm whale tail
Beautiful albatross
Beautiful albatross
A Humpback whale diving down
A Humpback whale diving down
The view from the boat
The view from the boat

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Not sure if you can see the 60 or so pups playing in the pool
Not sure if you can see the 60 or so pups playing in the pool
Elliot getting very close to a little pup
Elliot getting very close to a little pup

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A mother giving her pups a lesson
A mother giving her pups a lesson
Can you count the seals?
Can you count the seals?

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