Erik's best photo of the first whale, showing its tail as he heads for his deep dive.
Tiaki -- from the video monitor on the boat.
Nobody is permitted to say,“Thar she blows!” But, you look for the upward spray. The sperm whales in these waters at this time were all males.
Parking lot speed bump, shaped like a whale.
Slow Down Sperm Whale
Another boat. Ours was similar. The whales we saw were as long as the boat.
Erik and Grant on the beach -- without any sand -- after a day of whale watching.
Mountains meet the sea. Out to the east, the next land you'd hit is Chile. Resident sperm whales are just 10 K off of the coast. The bottom drops from 100-meters to 1,000 meters.
Beached American. Just fooling around.
Sperm whale. Only a fraction of the body is visible above the water, unless it breaches. The dorsal fin shows. Head is to the right.
Mountains of New Zealand. There was just a trace of snow at the tops of these peaks. They will be covered in snow in a few weeks or months. The whale watching is along the east coast of the south island, north of Christchurch. The floor of the ocean drops 5 or more times the depth of these nearby mountains.
Our boat got to about 50-meters away from this whale. They've got teeth.
They sit on the top of the water for two to five minutes. Then they'll do another deep dive for 35 to 45 minutes -- at this time of year. The crews always document the sightings with GPS and times. So, their movements are charted to a point.