Our research team has just returned to Kaikōura to continue with the summer field season studying the sperm whales. Marta Guerra and Will Rayment had their first morning on the water today and saw two sperm whales, dusky dolphins and several species of seabirds. Great to be back in this paradise of a place! Kaikōura is still standing strong, and it’s amazing to see how much the town has recovered in the 3 weeks we’ve been away.

This photograph shows Tutu about to start a foraging dive. This whale has been coming to Kaikōura since 1991 and he hasn’t been put off by the quakes!
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