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! ... See MoreSee Less
The fishing industry clearly value short term profits over the viability of the fishery and marine environment. If they were interested in long term profits they would support the Hauraki Gulf plan. Bulk fishing methods like trawling and gillnets are incredibly damaging to fish stocks, as well as marine mammals and other protected species. ... See MoreSee Less
Here is what happened underwater off Kaikoura - potentially affecting our sperm whales, Hector's dolphins, dusky dolphins, fur seals, seabirds and other species. Kaikoura is a real marine mammal and seabird hotspot. The NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust researchers are on their way back to Kaikoura, to find out how the whales and dolphins are coping with the earthquakes. ... See MoreSee Less