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Kaikoura Whale Watching

Photo submitted by: t-rex on December 8th, 2008

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Here you can see a sperm whale being watched by the people on a Whale Watch boat in Kaikoura. The sperm whale captures its prey by diving deep into the ocean’s trenches. It reaches depths of 3,000 metres, descending at a rate of over 100 metres a minute. The whale can stay there up to an hour and, in the dark, find its prey by echolocation. On surfacing, the whale takes 45–50 breaths to re-oxygenate. Sperm whales are truly incredible creatures and I would recommend a trip out whale watching next time you are in Kaikoura.

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