Sperm whale tail
When we arrived that morning in Kaikoura, on the New Zealand South Island, a storm warning was in effect. Kind of a bummer, but I decided to go anyway. Not too many people on the boat: the bad weather kept more people away.
I’m however eternal grateful I was on this trip, as we encountered a sperm whale after an hour or so on sea.
When whale watching, and taking pictures of whales, it’s important to understand how they behave. Having a good understanding of species, behavior and so on. Wild Whales has a nice overview (that you can find there as a pdf as well) with the most important species, and the actions you can expect. To get a sperm whale tail like this, you must hope that after the whal has taken enough oxygen, it will “fluke” into the deep again. And when it does, it’ll show its nice tail to you!
When we knew it was about to dive again, I took this shot. The rising sun was just left of me, making the sky a little orange, and reflecting nicely in the waterdrops that come of its tail. It’s one of my favorite pictures of the trip in New Zealand. With the trip to Antarctica coming closer now, the anticipation to be eye-to-eye with these mammals again, does rise. Stay tuned!