Whale visits Bay of Islands

Here is your obligatory Whale post:

Visitors to the Bay of Islands were treated to a show they won’t forget when a whale frolicked and leapt from the sea in front of their boat for at least 15 minutes.

The humpback, a juvenile about 12m long, was leaping backwards with almost its entire body out of the water – known as “breaching” – near the Hole in the Rock about midday yesterday.

It was seen by the passengers and crew of the Tangaroa, a Fullers GreatSights vessel on the day-long “Cream Trip”.

Whale expert Jo “Floppy” Halliday, of Opua, was working as a guide on the boat when the young marine mammal put on a “fantastic show”.

“It was a good 15 minute encounter. He was doing all these backwards and side breaches, playing and flapping his pectoral fins. He was definitely having a lot of fun.”

The whale, which she estimated was about 6 years old, repeatedly swam close to the boat then powered down into the water before bursting out of the sea about 50m off the ship’s bow.

Whales are fantastic creatures, one day I hope to get up close to an Orca…


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  • John1234

    Pod of orca was in the Whangamata harbour just before Christmas.

  • Bunswalla

    Sorry, I thought they were talking about another kind of Whale show…..

  • RockyFist

    Sorry to burst your bubble WO, Orca are not whales but are just another species of dolphin. Albeit a dolphin that I would not want to mess with :)

    • Dare you to get in the water dressed like a seal and tell them they aren’t whales.

      • RockyFist

        Unfortunately I don’t speak dolphin, so waste of time there, and I would not be silly enough to even consider the idea. Some of the more devoted, fanatical pundits on this blog on the other hand ……. :)

  • peterwn

    At first of the headline I thought Cam was getting into the travel blog business as DPF has done.