Jan 3, 2011
Happy New Year everyone! So far so good down here in Kaikoura, New Zealand 🙂 I will be heading back to Canada in a few days but I wanted to share some more pics and a video with you first! First…here is a video of the tug-o-war between the kiwi and the blue shark…….
We also got a fantastic look at the lunar eclipse on December 21st. It rose at sunset IN TOTAL eclipse and then proceeded to blow my mind as the black shadow creeped upward and to the side like a black tuque.
We had a very sad day on December 30th, when we found a severely injured little blue penguin….we tried to rush it to a vet, but it died. It had very terrible injuries from a boat propellor…Little Blues are the tiniest penguins in the world, but this one was a fighter and so we called him Big Blue. Another reminder of the heavy footprints that humans leave on the earth….
Lately we have seen heaps of seabirds, dusky dolphins and even Hector’s dolphins. These little puffing pigs are only found in New Zealand and they are considered quite endangered. This mother had a very identifyable dorsal fin…..we think she may be a long time resident of the area….
In a few days I head back to Canada….to teach labs, to teach swimming lessons, to take classes, to hug my cat, and the get ready for a wedding in May, and a then a year in the jungles of Madagascar. Never a dull moment…… 😉
Dec 16, 2010
A marvelous few days chock-FULL of wildlife 🙂 I’m over HERE, in Kaikoura, South Island of New Zealand. To spend time with my Kiwi, but also because HERE, there are hundreds, sometimes thousands of dusky dolphins that come near shore during the day to rest and socialize. My research interest revolves around the small groups of mothers and calves.
This is also a fantastic place to see stunning seabirds……many species of albatross, shearwater, and petrel pass through Kaikoura on their wanderings. This is one of my favourites….a white-capped albatross.
The water around here is SO full of life. The other day we found a dead dolphin that was being eaten by giant petrels and one slick, 2 metre long, beautiful, and sensationally iridescent blue shark!!! We watched it circle, chomp, twist and spin/rip pieces off the dolphin, swimming off with bits of intestines dangling from it’s mouth. It was phenomenally beautiful. seeing its eyes, its sparkling blue. Left me feeling like the crew of Life Aquatic when they see the leopard shark.