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Dolphin watching in Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

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One of the things for what New Zealand is famous for is dolphin and whale watching - especially in Kaikoura. Here the land drops deep into the ocean is deep and a cold stream from the antarctica brings krill to the area - a perfect place to spot whales and dolphines!

Steffi and I booked a dolphin watching tour - got up at 6:00 o'clock and were on the boat at 8:00. We drove out into the bay, when after about half an hour a huge dolphin school was among us. There were at least 200- 300 dolphins swimming around the boat jumping out of the water and even doing some fancy jumping tricks. These dolphins were wild. They were not fed or trained or captured. They just live in the Kaikoura bay and like doing tricks... AMAZING.

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On our way home, we came across another sea mammel:

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This Orca hunts sometimes in the Kaikoura Bay. He was no stranger to the staff of the boat, who had named him Koro:
So please enjoy 2 more pictures of this beautiful animal named Koro, that chose to show itsself to us as the ultimate bonus point and as the best picture to end this tale of our wonderful journey through the Land of the long white Cloud - my second home.

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Posted by tastingtheworld 11:29 Archived in New Zealand Tagged dolphin kaikoura whale orca wild_dolphin dolphin_watching

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