The whale spent several days cruising around in the shallows and delighting everyone watching. It was fascinating to see it rolling around, slapping the water with its long pectoral fins and lifting its head right out. We also got to see it blowing water in a huge v shape into the air. It was about 9m in length and was likely a juvenile as the adults can grow up to 18m.
Southern right whales often come into shallow waters around New Zealand’s coasts but it is a treat to see them this far north. They breed and calve in shallow waters over the winter. This whale has been seen travelling up along the east coast and is believed to be part of a larger pod which has been spotted further off shore earlier in the week. They only travel 9km an hour so you can imagine how long its been travelling probably from the subantarctic waters near the
They can come close to shore to feed and can dive down for up to an hour, sometimes meet up with large pods when food in plentiful. They are baleen feeders and sieve feed on tiny planktonic species such as copepods.
Seeing this southern right whale relaxing in the shallow waters was such a treat, We can’t wait to see what our next whale species spotted will be !!!