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There are over 79 species of whale and dolphin in the world today and 34 of these species have been sighted in New Zealand waters with over half of these in the waters off Kaikoura.
When whale watching in New Zealand, the most common whales on the coast are the sperm whales, but in addition there are frequent sightings of other types of whales; including humpback, minke and orca, which pass through the area at regular intervals.
When you go whale watching in New Zealand, you'll be able to experience the unmatching majesty of the native sperm whales. The sperm whale is the world's largest carnivore and is in fact the largest known predator ever to exist. They are equivalent in size to four elephants and each of their teeth can weigh more than a kilogram and grow to 20cm long. Sperm whales dive 2,000m into the dark abyss of the Kaikoura Canyon to hunt prey such as giant squid - many of Kaikoura's sperm whales wear battle scars from close encounters with this monster of the deep.
Whale watching is the real highlight of a trip to Kaikoura. You can view these huge animals at close quarters by whale watching by boat with Whale Watch or try whale watching from the air with Wings over Whales.